About Local Food

Qualla Berry Farm is part of a loose community of growers and marketers throughout western NC who are seeking to provide locally grown food to people who live and visit  the mountains. We are helping to develop ways to keep our rural land in agricultural production. We are listed in the Local Food Guide produced by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. For more about U-Pick farms, tailgate markets, and community supported agriculture growers, see their website: www.buyappalachian.org

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Work Party at Qualla Berry farm

Posted 5/19/2008 9:54pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
Dear Friends of Qualla Berry Farm,

Spring is hitting its peak here in the North Carolina Mountains and it looks like we have the beginnings of a very good fruit year. We luckily missed the two late frosts in April so our blueberries, cherries, mulberries, and Asian Pears are full of fruit. The raspberries are still recovering from the past two hot dry summers but we will have a small June crop this year.

If you have not seen our website lately please go to www.quallaberryfarm.com to see our new format including our blogs (we are still learning about blogs), picking updates, photos, easy directions, email list signup, and event calendar.

We would like to invite you to participate in our Weeding Work Party to be held this Saturday May 24th (this Saturday of Memorial Day weekend). Our hope is to blitz through the raspberry beds and have them weeded and mulched so there is plenty of room for the new growth coming on.

 We intend to barter for weeding labor this year and give our community an opportunity to participate in the work of growing berries. We will trade a $5.00 share coupon for every half-hour of work, redeemable for products from our farm as listed below. Any time this Saturday that you have available from a half hour to a half day for weeding and mulching is fine. Please come between 12 noon and 6PM on May 24th with sunhat, sunscreen, gloves, and your favorite weeding tool or hand clippers.  

The following are items we have to offer in exchange for helping us with the raspberry beds. Quantities are limited; everything is organically grown.

Available for redeeming your coupons this Saturday:
Raspberry plants
Wildflower and Sourwood Honey

Redeemable later in the season (we’ll write share coupons):
We-Pick Strawberries (May-June)
U-pick Pie Cherries (June)
U-pick Mulberries (June)
(the first three above are exclusively available to Work Party participants)
U-Pick Raspberries (June or September)
U-Pick Blueberries (July)
We-Pick Asian Pears (September)

In addition we will place workers who come to the Weeding Work Party on a special mailing list for first notification of openings for U-Pick Berries. (With a smaller berry crop, there may be times we will open by invitation only and not open to the public)
Please email us at jkqualla@verizon.net if you can come, or call 828-389-3551 for more information.

Happy Gardening!
Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke