About Local Food

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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Late Summer Hello from Qualla Berry Farm

Posted 8/30/2020 10:08pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends-

We hope you are staying healthy and safe. We lost one of our early raspberry picking regulars to the coronavirus recently...Rest In Peace Faye Hobbs. We know several other local friends who have had the virus and we're taking it seriously and staying on the farm a lot. We are working to protect ourselves and others during the pandemic and will continue doing so as we harvest this year.

With the abundant rain our turmeric and ginger have been growing well, especially the turmeric we overwintered in the ground. A bonus with the overwintered turmeric is that they bloom in the second year!

Indira Yellow Turmeric bloom Aug 2020

We expect to begin harvesting our Fresh Baby Ginger, and perhaps some early Fresh Turmeric, in October. Our updated order form will be posted in late September. We have figured out how to do shipping and shipped orders will be available during the harvest season--but we all need to be helping support the US Postal Service. Their priority mail boxes are the most affordable for shipping small quantities of rhizomes.

Strong Turmeric Plants in the Outdoor Beds, Aug 30 2020

A note for your calendars: Karen will be teaching a 3 hour morning class at the Folk School on September 4. It's on Appalachian Plants at Home and she'll share all sorts of information about our native plants. There is still space in the class; call the Folk School at 828-837-2775 to register. See 
https://blog.folkschool.org/2020/08/12/nature-studies-workshops-summer-and-fall-2020/ And, Karen will also be doing a Zoom meeting at 6PM on the same day: September 4 • 6 p.m. • $10 
Appalachian Plants at Home with Karen Hurtubise 
Subject: Nature Studies https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DtiKjSv-TxOoR9sMtsKquA  Karen would love to see you there!

Best to All,

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm, Hayesville, NC 28904

website: www.quallaberryfarm.com

emails: quallaberryfarm@icloud.com , jkqualla@frontier.com