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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Rosemary Punch

Ingredients: 1  42oz. can pineapple juice, fresh rosemary, sugar, lemon juice, 1 2liter bottle of ginger ale and fruit for garnish (optional).

Boil 42 ounces of pineapple juice and 4 tsps of fresh or 2 1/2 tsp dried rosemary.  Remove from heat and cool.  Add 1/2 c. sugar and 1 1/2 c. lemon or lime juice and 2 cups of water.  Chill. Reserve one cup of juice mixture. In a jello ring mold arrange sliced lemons or limes, orange slices, fresh rosemary sprigs and a few fresh raspberries for color.  Pour reserved juice mixture over top and freeze-add water if the fruit is not mostly covered.  To serve, loosen frozen fruit ring from mold under warm water.  Place in punch bowl.  Pour in chilled juice mixture and one bottle of ginger ale.  yum!