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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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2019 Ginger and Turmeric Harvest Has Begun at Qualla Berry Farm!

Posted 10/13/2019 7:20pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.


Dear Friends-

It's Harvest Time! We have wonderful Fresh Baby Ginger ready and we have early Fresh Turmeric this year too!

Our plants have put on strong growth this year in hoop house beds, outdoor beds, and in containers. We are beginning to harvest a very abundant crop of Fresh Baby Ginger and Fresh Turmeric this October through December. We are now taking orders and the 2019 season is on!

New Harvest of Yellow Hawaiian Ginger and Hawaiian Red Turmeric October 2019

We want you all to know that we will not be doing full production growing in 2020 as we have since 2013. We are going to travel some and work on regenerating our hoophouse soils. So this would be a good year to stock up on ginger and turmeric rhizomes, and perhaps start growing your own.

This fall, we will be selling potted starts (mostly turmeric, but also very limited amounts of ginger) in selected hours at the farm  and when folks pick up orders. We are getting more confident each year about turmeric's resilience and surprising cold hardiness. Turmeric planted in July or August can still be harvested in November all the way into January with protection. We are having success with keeping late started turmeric in the ground over winter with a cover of 6" of hay and row cover or plastic on top. The starts we planted last year and overwintered are now providing strong and early yields! The central "crown" of the turmeric can also be kept inside over the winter after the rhizomes are harvested and replanted in April and May.

Potted Black Turmeric. We also have Hawaiian Red, Indira Yellow, White Mango, and BKK Turmeric Plants.

Thanks to everyone who came to our 2019 spring classes on Growing and Using Turmeric and Ginger! We had a lot of fun doing them.


Garden Gate at Qualla Berry Farm, by Jan Muir

October is a magical time in the Western North Carolina mountains and at our farm. We were treated to a visit by some of our oldest and dearest friends and we got to go to the National Storytelling Festival with them. And our little Annie brings us joy every day!

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 continue teaching and helping interested home growers and small farmers discover the magic of the plant family Zingiberaceae.


Karen and John