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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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Karen and John's Blogs
Posted 3/30/2017 10:13am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

We have our ginger and turmeric pre sprouting inside for the 2017 season! More news and updates soon about our expanded hoop house beds and our expected crop for this fall...

We wanted to make sure you know about a few events in the next two weeks:

Karen will be teaching a class on growing the Zingiberaceae family plants (turmeric, Ginger, and galangal) this Saturday at the NC arboretum near Asheville: https://4020a.blackbaudhosting.com/4020a/SP-17-Zingiberaceae-Growing-Ginger-Turmeric-and-Galangal-in-Appalachia

And Karen will be teaching her Growing Great Tomatoes class at John C Campbell Folk School the weekend of April 7-9. There is still space and remember that local tuition is half price. See listing at www.folkschool.org.

Also, there is a wonderful storytelling event taking place locally at Young Harris College with world class storytellers including folk musician John McCutcheon! See https://www.facebook.com/events/1514669371907232/ 

Thanks,

John & Karen

Posted 11/20/2016 10:02am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Hi Folks-

We are sold out of Fresh Ginger for this season but still have plenty of Fresh Turmeric for sale. You may order turmeric using our website order form: http://www.quallaberryfarm.com/form/ginger-and-turmeric-order-form 

Thanks to everyone who has ordered this season and people with pending orders please be patient.

We're working now on protecting everything from the cold and harvesting and getting orders out as quick as we can.

Hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving!

John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

jkqualla@frontier.com

www.quallaberryfarm.com

Posted 10/27/2016 11:25am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
'Hi Friends,
A reminder about our Qualla Berry Farm Field Day Open House, Hayesville, North Carolina from noon til 4:00 pm Saturday, 
October 29th, 2016. Yall come, we rarely have time to show people around and Saturday is the day! Enjoy turmeric and ginger tea with us, visit, ask questions, and see how the crops grow.
 At 1:00 we will be listening and learning with Hugh Lovel and Shabari Bird of Quantum Agriculture. The Merry Prepstirs will be bringing Biodynamic preps and will explain how a Biodynamic farmer thinks about agriculture. They will share their know how of mixing and application of preps here at the farm and on your gardens and yards for best results. This is a very special free gift from them to our farm and community. Come share the delight of plants, learn about ginger and turmeric for flavor and health, and have fun on the farm!'
Hi Friends,
A reminder about our Qualla Berry Farm Field Day Open House, Hayesville, North Carolina from noon til 4:00 pm Saturday, 
October 29th, 2016. Yall come, we rarely have time to show people around and Saturday is the day! Enjoy turmeric and ginger tea and sample pumpkin turmeric and roasted tomato dips with us, visit, ask questions, and see how the crops grow.
At 1:00 we will be listening and learning with Hugh Lovel and Shabari Bird of Quantum Agriculture. The Merry Prepstirs will be bringing Biodynamic preps and will explain how a Biodynamic farmer thinks about agriculture. They will share their know how of mixing and application of preps here at the farm and on your gardens and yards for best results. This is a very special free gift from them to our farm and community. Come share the delight of plants, learn about ginger and turmeric for flavor and health, and have fun on the farm! RSVP via email or messenger Facebook if possible just so we have a general head count for enough stuff.
Autumn Blessings,
Karen and John
 
Qualla Berry Farm 
3274 Qualla Road
Hayesville, NC 28904
jkqualla@frontier.com
Posted 10/20/2016 9:36pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

It's Harvest Time! We have begun digging Fresh Ginger and we are taking orders for the 2016 season. The Fresh Turmeric harvest will begin around Halloween. Longer time spent in the ground allows for developing more of the orange color signaling the curcumin in the turmeric rhizomes. 

New photos have been posted in our gallery as of October 18! Here is the big hoop house ready for harvest as of today:

We'll be harvesting Fresh Baby Ginger through October and November and Fresh Turmeric through November and December 2016. Both are still priced as they were last year, $16 per pound (check or cash). We have found that 5 pounds of each is our year's household supply for tea and for cooking.

Please join our mailing list to receive updates as the harvest progresses and for news about farm open houses, market appearances, and other events.

We invite you to a special Biodynamic Field Day afternoon on Saturday October 29th from 1:00 to 4:00pm with The Merry Prepstirs, Hugh Lovel and Shabari Bird of Quantum Agriculture fame. They will share with us how to use biodynamic soil preps and we will spread them on Qualla Berry Farm. They will share best soil practices for growing our turmeric and ginger and all garden crops. This is their gift to our community so come for free and enjoy a visit to Qualla Berry Farm to see what's growing in Autumn. Please RSVP to jkqualla@frontier.com if you are coming so we have enough buckets and supplies.

We look forward to hearing from you and are gearing up for harvest time and sharing these delicious and healing plant rhizomes with you!

There are links below to the order forms, our email address for RSVP of October 29th Merry Prepstirs Biodynamic Field Day, and a link to access our website. We continue to work and improve our communication and online skills.  Growing and harvesting crops has been first priority. We greatly appreciate your support and kindness.

Big Thanks,

John Clarke and Karen Hurtubise

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

jkqualla@frontier.com (RSVP for Biodynamic Field Day)

www.quallaberryfarm.com

Click on these links to our website:

For a ginger and turmeric online order form

To see our photo gallery

To join our mailing list

 

Posted 8/16/2016 6:37am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

We have had just enough rain, drip irrigation, and shade cloth to get our plants through this hot summer and we have really nice looking Ginger and Turmeric. We expect to have plenty of product and we will be harvesting Fresh Ginger beginning mid-October and Fresh Turmeric beginning early November. New photos have been posted on our website and on our Facebook page.

We will be presenting "Growing Ginger and Turmeric" at the Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville this Saturday August 20 at 2 PM so join us if you can. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming plant sale! We will notify you of the details.

Hope you all are staying cool and we look forward to getting you fresh rhizomes during the harvest season this fall!

Thanks,

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

jkqualla@frontier.com

www.quallaberryfarm.com

Facebook: Qualla Berry Farm

Posted 4/14/2016 11:53pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

We welcome you to come to our first class in Growing Great Turmeric and Ginger at Home this Sunday April 17th from 2:00-4:00 at my Young Harris office near the college at 155 Murphy Street. This will be a jam packed full afternoon of fun, information, samples of ginger and turmeric "tea", Carla's spice paste, candied ginger, turmeric lentil hummus and more! We will teach you the principles of organic growing and how to prepare your soil in containers or your garden, plant, water, fertilize, harvest, keep, and use turmeric and ginger in your kitchen over the season. We will show you many varieties of ginger and turmeric and share what we know about the herbal history and current health craze for turmeric and treating inflammatory conditions like arthritis and how ginger is used to aid digestive challenges.

Many have asked for us to do a class like this and we are always so darned busy. However I promised myself and others to teach and now we are finally ready, willing and able to teach a class. We are last minute getting out the info, but so we begin! Whoever signs up and attends this first class will receive a special surprise by being one of our brave first timers. You are helping us grow and get the word out by showing up. So come to Young Harris this Sunday and begin celebrating Earth Week. Be with us for this first Qualla Berry Farm class on growing and using these amazing spice plants. You will leave with a heap of garden knowledge, a potted ginger and turmeric plant guaranteed to grow plus have a fun afternoon with your hands in the coir. Be prepared for a fast paced afternoon and have your getting garden dirty clothes and gloves if you use them. 

To register: Call Karen or John at 828-389-3551 or send us an email at jkqualla@frontier.com.

Cost is $49.00 and includes all your supplies. 

We hope to offer this class again this spring so if you are interested but unable to attend, be sure to let us know and we will contact you for sure about the next offering. Also, we are willing to work out some work scholarships if you are interested in hard farm labor.

 

Posted 2/2/2016 9:59pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends:

After an incredibly long, warm, and rewarding harvest season, we are now sold out of both ginger and turmeric for the 2015 crop. And very soon our 2016 seed rhizomes will be arriving from Hawaii and we'll be starting all over again!

 

Late season harvesting, December 18 2015

It has been a real privilege to grow these amazing plants and to put the rhizomes in your hands. Thanks to everyone for your feedback, testimonials, and ideas for using ginger and turmeric.

Thanksgiving Candied Ginger!

And what a treat to see what Louise Langsner did with her blog featuring our turmeric and Carla's Spice Paste: https://louiselangsner.wordpress.com (scroll down to the January 19 entry)

Our homemade Carla's Spice Paste packed into jars

This past weekend we were up in the snow at the high elevations in the Great Smokies, and this week we have been watching the woodcock buzzing in our field and doing its circling diving whistling courtship flight. Today there were frogs singing. It is a real turning time of the season as the days get longer and seed orders are made.

Thanks for your support and stay tuned for updates in the new growing season!

Including...news about gardening classes from Karen!

Love,

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

Posted 12/1/2015 9:37pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

Thanks to everyone for a great season! It's been a much warmer November this year which made our hoophouse management infinitely easier. Thank you Nature for warmer temperatures, but now the rain can stop.

Last call for ordering Fresh Turmeric. We will take orders this week until we finish the harvest.  Order now if you want fresh Clay County grown organic Turmeric. We found three pounds of turmeric put in freezer per person gives you fresh daily tea all year. After making "tea", we store the leftover bits in fridge to be used all week added to eggs, soups, smoothies, and stir fry.

We have now posted our updated Ginger Card and Turmeric Card which include our best suggestions for storage, the recipe for Ginger Tea which works exactly the same for Turmeric Tea, and a revised recipe for Carla's Spice Paste which gives you a range of garlic amounts to add to suit different tastes.  

It's about time to put the beds to sleep for the winter with mulch and cover crops. December darkness is here and the cold will not be far behind. Our crowns have been stored inside to go through their dormant cycle before they sprout again in the spring. And we have already ordered next year's seed rhizomes from Hawaii so Spring can't be too far off!

Blessings of the Season to all of you and we wish you a happy and healthy Winter.

Yours, 

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

PS Check out Karen's first batch of Candied Ginger! See our Facebook Page for the recipe.

Posted 11/21/2015 10:45am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends, 

We have now sold out of Fresh Baby Ginger for 2015! Thanks so much to everyone who ordered this year.

We still have plenty of Fresh Turmeric and you may order using the order form on our website until we sell out, which we expect to be in early to mid December. We are mostly harvesting Hawaiian Red Turmeric (pictured below) and it is coming out of the ground with great color and nice sized rhizome pieces. We also are experimenting with small quantities of some other turmeric varieties which are interesting.

We have reprinted our turmeric and ginger cards which come with each order and we've updated the storage instructions. The back of the turmeric card has the recipe for Carla's Spice Paste and the ginger card has the recipe for making ginger or turmeric infusion or "tea" which can be made from frozen or fresh rhizomes. We will be posting scans of the cards on the website soon.

Remember to check our Facebook page for more photos and Karen's Turmeric Tales board on Pinterest for recipe ideas and links to turmeric and ginger information.

Thanks for your support! This has been our most successful crop so far and we're glad to be able to make it available to you.

Thanks,

John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

828-389-3551

jkqualla@frontier.com

 

Posted 11/15/2015 9:04pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Today it appears we have sold out of the baby ginger crop for this year! We have enough in the rows to fill the orders already placed. Big thank you to everyone of this year's customers. Y'all rock! And now...on to turmeric for the next two weeks. We will probably sell out by the weekend and deliver all the orders by Thanksgiving. So make your online order. Let us know how you have discovered the benefits of using fresh and fresh frozen turmeric throughout the year.

 

Big Kahuna ginger