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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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Fresh Ginger Harvest Begins at Qualla Berry Farm!

Posted 10/10/2018 9:49pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends-

Fall greetings from Qualla Berry Farm! We have begun the Fresh Baby Ginger Harvest! The Ginger has lovely pink bud scales on it now which is how we know it's ready.

Our ginger and turmeric  have grown well this season and we will have a fantastic crop of each this fall. We are taking orders for both now and will begin filling Turmeric orders in November. We also have Bubba Blue Ginger plant starts for sale as well as Hawaiian Red, Black, BBK, and Indira Yellow Turmeric plants in pots and flats. The plants will need a warm space for overwinter protection and will give a good start for year round container growing or a head start on 2019 plants.

Karen, Annie, and John on a hot summer day in the hoophouse

This season we are offering the option of purchasing whole field-washed plants where you will do the final trimming, washing, and curing at home and the field-washed produce will be priced per bunch (the photo below shows what field washed Yellow Hawaiian Ginger looks like). We will be emailing updates on hours for on-farm direct sales and we will start with hours of 11AM till 4 PM this Saturday Oct 13 and Sunday Oct 14 for plant sales and field-washed ginger bunches

We will also offer our usual washed/cured/gift bagged orders for fresh ginger and turmeric as in past years. Please note that we will no longer have pickups in Brasstown as John retired from the Folk School September 1 of this year! 155 Murphy St, Young Harris and Qualla Berry Farm are the options to choose from on the order form for order pickup.

Please see our calendar for information about a special class we are offering with our friend Patricia Kyritsi Howell at the NE Georgia Food Bank Teaching Kitchen in Clayton, GA. The class will be next Tuesday Oct 16 from 6-8 PM and is titled "Everything you need to Know About Turmeric and Ginger".Patricia will cover cooking and usage and we will share what we knowing about growing and propagating the plants. More information at: https://wildhealingherbs.com/class/everything-you-need-to-know-about-turmeric-and-ginger/  Registration costs $30 which benefits the Food Bank.

Fresh Field Washed Yellow Hawaiian Ginger "on the hoof"

New photos have been posted in our gallery with the status of our plants this fall. There is also a picture of how close the lava flow in Hawaii got to our supplier, Puna Organics! They have made it through the volcano and the hurricane safely and expect to be able to fill orders this winter.

Join our mailing list to receive updates as the season progresses and changes for news about farm open houses, market appearances, and other events. We will be working this year to help interested home growers and small farmers discover the magic of the plant family Zingiberaceae.

Happy October to All!

Karen and John