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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Winter Squash & Ginger Soup

Winter Squash & Ginger Soup

Paulette Balsam

Use any mix of our wonderful winter squashes.


Winter squash, peeled and cubed
2-3 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely diced
1 carrot, chopped
1 quart chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
Cream or crème fraiche

Cook squash, ginger, carrot, salt and pepper in chicken broth until tender. 
When cool enough, puree with an immersion blender.

Serve in bowls each topped with a dollop of cream or crème fraiche.