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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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Happy December! Turmeric Still Available! Ginger Harvest Ends!

Posted 12/13/2018 2:10pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Hi Friends-

We are into early winter at Qualla Berry Farm and have reached the end of Fresh Ginger season. Thanks to everyone who ordered this year and has enjoyed our Ginger.


We still have plenty of our flagship Fresh Turmeric, Hawaiian Red. The Red is our standard mild culinary turmeric which can be eaten raw and is perfect for making tea and Carla's Spice Paste. Please go to our order form to let us know the quantities you'd like on turmeric.We expect to have turmeric available through Christmas and into January 2019, but will not be filling orders during Christmas Week.

And this year we also have saleable quantities of some other turmerics which may interest you! These are Indira Yellow, BKK, and Black Turmeric.

Indira Yellow is a very vigorously growing variety with large bright yellow rhizomes and a "hotter" flavor than Red, perfect for making curries and for cooking into any dish calling for fresh turmeric.

BKK is similar in color and flavor to Hawaiian Red but has longer and more slender rhizomes, and importantly a higher curcumin content (curcumin is the "active ingredient" in turmeric).

And then there is the very unusual Black Turmeric which also has a high curcumin content but has a very strong aromatic odor and striking cobalt blue rhizomes. Black Turmeric is used for topical preparations such as salves and tinctures.

These three Turmerics are priced higher than the Hawaiian Red as indicated on our updated order form.

It's been a great season and we thank everyone who has ordered so far. It is a privilege to get to grow these amazing healing plants and to get them to you!


Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904



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