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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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Turmeric and Ginger Harvest Season at Qualla Berry Farm

Posted 11/18/2018 10:04am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends-

Happy Thanksgiving! We are well into the Fresh Turmeric harvest and are continuing the Fresh Ginger harvest! Our ginger and turmeric  have grown well this season and we have a fantastic crop of each this fall. We are taking orders for both now and have been filling Turmeric orders for a couple of weeks. If you would like to make a batch of Carla's Spice Paste, this is a perfect time to order some of both. We include the recipe card with your order. We also recommend making candied ginger as a family project...fun to make and deliciously chewy good. It's also prime time to stock up on both turmeric and ginger and freeze packages for making tea and cooking throughout the year. We also have enough this year to begin using our dehydrator and making dried turmeric and ginger and will see how we like using dried powders(along with drying our shiitake mushrooms). Make time to experiment and please, y'all share what works for you with us by email or on our Qualla Berry facebook page. We hope our community will learn to be comfortable and familiar with incorporating these wonderful spice plants into daily life.

We are back from some recent learning and networking experiences at the American Herbalists Guild Symposium at Unicoi, GA and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Conference in Durham, NC. Everywhere we hear more about the health benefits of turmeric and ginger and we feel really blessed to have these plants grow so well in our location.

For those of you who would like to grow your own, we also have Bubba Blue Ginger plants for sale as well as Hawaiian Red, Black, BBK, and Indira Yellow Turmerics. At this time of year they need to be brought into a warm space and they will resprout strongly in the spring for container or bed growing.

We look forward to hearing from returning and new customers. Feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested!

In Thanksgiving,

Karen and John