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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:

News and Blog

Karen and John's Blogs
Posted 10/1/2009 8:09am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

We had a upick last night, Wednesday.  Wonderful to hear the sound of kids playing in the berries.  We have lost a lot of the crop in the rains in the last two weeks. Hope for sunshine and warmth without frost and we will have more pickable berries by Monday October 5th. 

Posted 9/29/2009 8:19pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
We are opening for a special upick this Wednesday, September 30th from 5:30 til dark around 7pm.  The cool weather is slowing down ripening but there are good berries and we are so grateful for the sunshine.  Qualla Berry Farm upick will be closed after Wednesday until we return from the National Storytelling Festival.  We have been making a pilgrimage for stories to rejuvenate our spirits for 28 years in Jonesboro, Tennessee.  Our house/dog sitters will be around but unavailable for managing the upick.  The John C Campbell Folk School is having an equally wonderful Fall Fesival this weekend and you can learn more at about this event.  We will continue to watch the weather and the berries to keep you posted about the upick.  With luck, the frost will hold off and we will have a big berry picking next week.  Have fun and hope to see you soon.
Karen and John
Posted 9/26/2009 7:09am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
Berry Lovers!
It's 8 AM Saturday the 26th and the gate is open. Please come pick before the rain gets here. We'll be open til 12 today unless it starts to rain more than a sprinkle. We have lots of nice raspberries!
John & Karen
Qualla Berry Farm
Posted 9/25/2009 10:37am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
Dear Berry Lovers-
We continue to dodge raindrops but the raspberries are coming in. They are big and beautiful right now but we're losing some to the rain.
There will be a special U-Pick Friday 9-25 10AM-12:30PM and regular hours Sat 9-26 9AM-12PM, weather permitting.
John and Karen
Posted 9/24/2009 9:44pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Today I was out in the sunshine picking giant sweet raspberries and so excited because enough were ripe for the upick to open successfully.  Then the rain came again so lots of beautiful berries will again go to mush and John heard there is a 90% chance of rain on Saturday. 

Also, my friend Kara is having a healthy potluck at The Market tomorrow evening and Linda Allen and friends are playing music there from 6 to 8:00.  I will attempt to post more information tomorrow.

Posted 9/18/2009 9:25am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
Dear Berry Lovers-
Unfortunately it has rained all week and the raspberries are still painfully late in ripening. We are reluctantly postponing our U-Pick opening for Saturday Sept 19th because there are just not enough berries ready.
We will watch things this week and hope for some sunshine and with any luck we will be open on the 26th.
John & Karen
Qualla Berry farm
Posted 9/10/2009 7:26pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Our berries are unusually late in coming on this fall, possibly due to the cooler and wetter past month. We will not have enough ripe berries ready by this Saturday Sept 12. As a result, we are postponing our opening for the first U-Pick of the season until Sat Sept 19.

The berries when they come will be a very heavy crop. This is the latest ripening we have seen for a September season. Thanks for your understanding,

John & Karen

Posted 9/2/2009 10:40pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Berry Lovers:

With the regular rains this year our berry canes are very strong and the raspberries are about to ripen. We expect to be open for U-Pick, weather permitting, on the following Saturday mornings in September: the 12th, 19th, and 26th. We will send out email confirmation before each opening. If you receive this blog entry by email you are current on our list. If not, you can sign up through the website at


John & Karen

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

Posted 7/8/2009 9:25pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
Our June U-Pick Raspberry season has come to an end. We had one of our best seasons ever due to good rains this spring and good ripening conditions. We hope everyone who picked is enjoying their berries.
The primocanes, which are the new growth, are coming on now will be blooming in August and producing ripe berries by mid-September. We will send out a picking update email and post dates on our website calendar when we know better how things look for the fall.
If you are receiving this email you are current on our amiling list. If you know anybody who didn't get it but would like to get updates please ask them to add their email address though the website.
Thanks again to everyone! It is always fun to meet all of you and appreciate this delicious and healthy fruit together...
John and Karen
Qualla Berry Farm
Posted 6/20/2009 7:38am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
Raspberry U-Pick Saturdays June 20 and 27, 9AM til 12 noon. Lots of berries on the brambles!
John & Karen