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

About Our Farm

We are glad you have found us and hope you will browse over our turmeric and ginger growing adventures.  Learn to grow your own and use these spice plants in daily life for flavor and health!

We are two longtime organic gardeners/market farmers committed to growing turmeric and ginger. Our farm is small but mighty full of a diversity of plants. We are transitioning to doing more teaching and sharing of information of how to grow food, flowers, and spices, particularly the wonderful plant family of Zingiberaceae, which includes our favorites...turmeric, ginger, galangal, and Thai Tulips. 

Garden Gate at Qualla Berry Farm, by Jan Muir


For over a decade we offered organic upick raspberries to our local community. We love all berries. However, in September 2011, an invasive pest from Asia called Drosophila suzukii arrived at our farm and we could not successfully save our raspberry fruit. The plants and leaves still do fine and we have enough raspberries in early spring for our freezer before the fruit fly larvae ruin the berries completely. We almost quit farming after our raspberry loss.  Then, out of our demise, came the idea, support, and actions to learn about and grow turmeric first and then ginger.  What a beautiful path has evolved over time! So, here we are in the mountains of Western North Carolina growing a tropical perennial in both hoop houses and in regular farm beds. Its a journey we continue with appreciation and gratitude. We just never know what will happen next in farming.  Accepting challenges, enjoying nature, and sharing plants, products, fun, and knowledge while supporting organic agriculture and forestry remains our North Star.  Thank you to all our beloved supporters and helpers...without you we would not exist as a small organic farm.  We salute you and get back to the work of planting, educating, growing, harvesting, selling, and navigating the next chapter. 

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Karen and John