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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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Ginger Season Continues at Qualla Berry Farm

Posted 10/20/2018 10:36am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Hi Friends-

It's a rainy beautiful Saturday in October and we are getting ready for colder weather at Qualla Berry Farm. If we can get through this weekend, there's no frost in the forecast until almost election day!

We are still in the middle of a strong harvest of Fresh Baby Ginger and we've had a steady flow of orders. We will be open again for farm sales of Ginger and plants this Sunday Oct 21 from 11am til 4pm. Folks who come for fresh-dug plants will have a choice of ginger varieties.

We also have plenty of healthy ginger and turmeric plant starts for those who want to grow their own. Entering the annual cycle at this stage means keeping the plants warm through the winter and getting a running start on growth in containers or in the ground for the 2019 season.

We helped teach a very well attended class on Everything You Need to Know About Turmeric and Ginger this past Tuesday at the magnificent Teaching Kitchen at the NE GA Food Bank in Clayton. Our friend Patricia Kyritsi Howell covered cooking and we explained the growing the plants.

We will keep you posted about upcoming events. We are watching the Turmeric for maturation and expect to begin that harvest in early November.

A seasonal note! One great thing to do with fresh Baby Ginger is to make Candied Ginger. The Baby Ginger doesn't have to be peeled and it's easy to slice. The only ingredients are ginger, sugar, and water. This is perfect weather for stirring a pot for a couple hours and making a sweet-spicy and healthy treat that's great to have on hand for the holidays. We have had great success with Alton Brown's recipe on YouTube: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/candied-ginger-recipe-1944906?soc=sharemail  Also see videos on our Facebook page.


Karen and John