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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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Karen and John's Blogs
Posted 8/16/2016 6:37am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

We have had just enough rain, drip irrigation, and shade cloth to get our plants through this hot summer and we have really nice looking Ginger and Turmeric. We expect to have plenty of product and we will be harvesting Fresh Ginger beginning mid-October and Fresh Turmeric beginning early November. New photos have been posted on our website and on our Facebook page.

We will be presenting "Growing Ginger and Turmeric" at the Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville this Saturday August 20 at 2 PM so join us if you can. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming plant sale! We will notify you of the details.

Hope you all are staying cool and we look forward to getting you fresh rhizomes during the harvest season this fall!

Thanks,

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

jkqualla@frontier.com

www.quallaberryfarm.com

Facebook: Qualla Berry Farm

Posted 4/14/2016 11:53pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

We welcome you to come to our first class in Growing Great Turmeric and Ginger at Home this Sunday April 17th from 2:00-4:00 at my Young Harris office near the college at 155 Murphy Street. This will be a jam packed full afternoon of fun, information, samples of ginger and turmeric "tea", Carla's spice paste, candied ginger, turmeric lentil hummus and more! We will teach you the principles of organic growing and how to prepare your soil in containers or your garden, plant, water, fertilize, harvest, keep, and use turmeric and ginger in your kitchen over the season. We will show you many varieties of ginger and turmeric and share what we know about the herbal history and current health craze for turmeric and treating inflammatory conditions like arthritis and how ginger is used to aid digestive challenges.

Many have asked for us to do a class like this and we are always so darned busy. However I promised myself and others to teach and now we are finally ready, willing and able to teach a class. We are last minute getting out the info, but so we begin! Whoever signs up and attends this first class will receive a special surprise by being one of our brave first timers. You are helping us grow and get the word out by showing up. So come to Young Harris this Sunday and begin celebrating Earth Week. Be with us for this first Qualla Berry Farm class on growing and using these amazing spice plants. You will leave with a heap of garden knowledge, a potted ginger and turmeric plant guaranteed to grow plus have a fun afternoon with your hands in the coir. Be prepared for a fast paced afternoon and have your getting garden dirty clothes and gloves if you use them. 

To register: Call Karen or John at 828-389-3551 or send us an email at jkqualla@frontier.com.

Cost is $49.00 and includes all your supplies. 

We hope to offer this class again this spring so if you are interested but unable to attend, be sure to let us know and we will contact you for sure about the next offering. Also, we are willing to work out some work scholarships if you are interested in hard farm labor.

 

Posted 2/2/2016 9:59pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends:

After an incredibly long, warm, and rewarding harvest season, we are now sold out of both ginger and turmeric for the 2015 crop. And very soon our 2016 seed rhizomes will be arriving from Hawaii and we'll be starting all over again!

 

Late season harvesting, December 18 2015

It has been a real privilege to grow these amazing plants and to put the rhizomes in your hands. Thanks to everyone for your feedback, testimonials, and ideas for using ginger and turmeric.

Thanksgiving Candied Ginger!

And what a treat to see what Louise Langsner did with her blog featuring our turmeric and Carla's Spice Paste: https://louiselangsner.wordpress.com (scroll down to the January 19 entry)

Our homemade Carla's Spice Paste packed into jars

This past weekend we were up in the snow at the high elevations in the Great Smokies, and this week we have been watching the woodcock buzzing in our field and doing its circling diving whistling courtship flight. Today there were frogs singing. It is a real turning time of the season as the days get longer and seed orders are made.

Thanks for your support and stay tuned for updates in the new growing season!

Including...news about gardening classes from Karen!

Love,

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

Posted 12/1/2015 9:37pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

Thanks to everyone for a great season! It's been a much warmer November this year which made our hoophouse management infinitely easier. Thank you Nature for warmer temperatures, but now the rain can stop.

Last call for ordering Fresh Turmeric. We will take orders this week until we finish the harvest.  Order now if you want fresh Clay County grown organic Turmeric. We found three pounds of turmeric put in freezer per person gives you fresh daily tea all year. After making "tea", we store the leftover bits in fridge to be used all week added to eggs, soups, smoothies, and stir fry.

We have now posted our updated Ginger Card and Turmeric Card which include our best suggestions for storage, the recipe for Ginger Tea which works exactly the same for Turmeric Tea, and a revised recipe for Carla's Spice Paste which gives you a range of garlic amounts to add to suit different tastes.  

It's about time to put the beds to sleep for the winter with mulch and cover crops. December darkness is here and the cold will not be far behind. Our crowns have been stored inside to go through their dormant cycle before they sprout again in the spring. And we have already ordered next year's seed rhizomes from Hawaii so Spring can't be too far off!

Blessings of the Season to all of you and we wish you a happy and healthy Winter.

Yours, 

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

PS Check out Karen's first batch of Candied Ginger! See our Facebook Page for the recipe.

Posted 11/21/2015 10:45am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends, 

We have now sold out of Fresh Baby Ginger for 2015! Thanks so much to everyone who ordered this year.

We still have plenty of Fresh Turmeric and you may order using the order form on our website until we sell out, which we expect to be in early to mid December. We are mostly harvesting Hawaiian Red Turmeric (pictured below) and it is coming out of the ground with great color and nice sized rhizome pieces. We also are experimenting with small quantities of some other turmeric varieties which are interesting.

We have reprinted our turmeric and ginger cards which come with each order and we've updated the storage instructions. The back of the turmeric card has the recipe for Carla's Spice Paste and the ginger card has the recipe for making ginger or turmeric infusion or "tea" which can be made from frozen or fresh rhizomes. We will be posting scans of the cards on the website soon.

Remember to check our Facebook page for more photos and Karen's Turmeric Tales board on Pinterest for recipe ideas and links to turmeric and ginger information.

Thanks for your support! This has been our most successful crop so far and we're glad to be able to make it available to you.

Thanks,

John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

828-389-3551

jkqualla@frontier.com

 

Posted 11/15/2015 9:04pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Today it appears we have sold out of the baby ginger crop for this year! We have enough in the rows to fill the orders already placed. Big thank you to everyone of this year's customers. Y'all rock! And now...on to turmeric for the next two weeks. We will probably sell out by the weekend and deliver all the orders by Thanksgiving. So make your online order. Let us know how you have discovered the benefits of using fresh and fresh frozen turmeric throughout the year.

 

Big Kahuna ginger

Posted 10/15/2015 9:43pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Hi Folks-

Our ginger harvest is ongoing and we thank everyone who has placed an order. Our new order form on the website (under the Ginger and Turmeric tab) is working well and hopefully it's easy for you to use.

Everyone is invited to our Open House at the farm this Saturday October 17 from 12 noon to 4 PM. We will have pending ginger orders ready and will be showing off our amazing plants in the hoophouses. At 2PM Karen will teach a mini-class on growing turmeric and ginger in containers year round. We have starts potted for those of you who would like to grow your own.

Hope to see you then! Tell your friends! Feel free to print and post the flyer where you work or play.

Thanks,

John & Karen

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

828-389-3551

jkqualla@frontier.com

www.quallaberryfarm.com

 

Posted 10/10/2015 11:53pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Hi Folks-

The first Fresh Baby Ginger has come out of the ground for the 2015 season!

We are ready to take Ginger orders and new for this year we have an Order Form! Please see our website, www.quallaberryfarm.com and find the order form under the Ginger and Turmeric tab. If you sent us a pre-order email we'd still love it if you will submit an order form. For 2015 we are pricing both the Ginger and the Turmeric at $16.00/lb for our main crop varieties, the Yellow Hawaiian Ginger and the Red Hawaiian Turmeric. We have limited quantities of some other new varieties which will be priced at harvest time.

Also, we will be holding an Open House at the Farm, 3274 Qualla Rd, Hayesville, NC 28904, from 12 noon to 4 PM on Saturday Oct 17. We will have ginger and turmeric plants for sale for those of you who would like to grow your own (you will need an indoor protected space for this). Karen will offer a mini-class on growing organic ginger and turmeric at 2 PM.

Thanks and we are looking forward to connecting with you and bringing you these great crops! Please help us spread the word about ordering our fresh baby ginger and turmeric by sending friends and family to our website.

We expect to begin harvesting Fresh Turmeric in early November.

Thanks,

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

email: jkqualla@frontier.com

website: www.quallaberryfarm.com

Facebook: Qualla Berry Farm

https://www.pinterest.com/claysmallfarms/turmeric-tales/ 

Posted 9/10/2015 9:59pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Friends!

We write to let you know that our turmeric and ginger plants have been growing well in our two hoophouses this season and we expect to have a good quantity of both available for sale this fall. Fresh Baby Ginger will begin harvesting in October and Fresh Turmeric in November. All summer we have been enjoying the intoxicating smell of the ginger foliage when we work in the hoophouse weeding and watering! It's exciting to be coming to the season when we get to share the fruits of our labor.

Our main hoophouse, August 2015

Remember that we only harvest in the fall but both kinds of rhizomes freeze well so you will want to get a year's supply and freeze enough turmeric and ginger for the year! We have had a lot of feedback from our 2013 and 2014 customers that they love the produce and find both culinary and health benefits from these amazing plants. We are drinking ice cold half & half turmeric/ginger tea with lemon every day this summer and loving it!

For 2015 we are trying some new varieties: black, white, yellow, BKK, and Ka Chai Dom turmeric and Bubba Blue and Khing Yai Ginger. We will have smaller quantities of these varieties for this year. As in previous years, our main crops will be Yellow Hawaiian Ginger and Red Hawaiian Turmeric.

If you would like to place a pre-harvest order you may email us at jkqualla@frontier.com. (We much prefer email over phone orders as it leaves us a good record of your orders). We will be emailing updates as we begin harvesting.

If you are receiving this email you are on our turmeric/ginger mailing list. If you know anyone who would like to receive our updates they may send us an email to be added to the list. Please also see our website, www.quallaberryfarm, which has an updated home page and some new blog entries and photos posted in the gallery.

We look forward to the Fall and to being in touch with all of you!

Yours,

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

Hayesville, NC 

 

Posted 9/4/2015 11:53am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Its Labor Day weekend and the turmeric and ginger are growing well. Fall is in the air and spider webs cover the fields of goldenrod, Joe Pye weed, and all kinds of yellow asters. John and I notice the hoophouse plants really put on growth mid August into September as if they realize the light is diminishing and its time to get their mojo on for Fall into winter.  Turmeric and ginger are tropical perennials being grown in our mountains where frost, cold and snow are an upcoming reality. This fall you will have an opportunity to buy turmeric and ginger starts and grow your own pots of delicious spice. I will teach several classes this month and will be posting and emailing the time and dates to everyone interested in what we have learned this past four years about turmeric and ginger. Stay tuned.