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

Our Turmeric and Ginger


Ginger is a tender tropical perennial plant. It has many kitchen uses being flavorful and useful in all kinds of cooking with many healthful effects, touted particularly for helping digestion. The fresh baby ginger is a whitish rhizome with pink tips, and does not have the tough skin or fibrous nature of the cured ginger you get in the supermarket. Baby ginger needs no peeling. It freezes well.

Turmeric is a tropical plant related to ginger with a delightful flavor and aroma and a number of healthful medicinal properties according to many sources. It provides the yellow color in mustard and is used in curries, pickles, and many other foods. Like ginger, it can be made into an infusion ( we call it turmeric tea) and used fresh in salad dressings, juice drinks, and cooked in many wonderful ways. We grew turmeric for the first time in 2013 and it was a successful crop. We sell it as fresh rhizomes which can be used fresh or frozen for later use.

For 2020 we are growing these varieties:


main crop--Yellow Hawaiian and Yellow Peruvian

other varieties--Madonna, Bubba Blue, Khing Yai


main crop--Red Hawaiian

other varieties--Black, White Mango, Indira Yellow, BKK

Our seed rhizomes come from Biker Dude at Puna Organics in Hawaii. Information on the varieties is on their website: http://www.hawaiianorganicginger.com/hawaiian-organic-ginger-seed/