Wingham Farmers Market stallholders always impress with their high quality, fresh local produce. This month’s feature stall is Ussher Bananas Coopernook, run by Ken and Margaret Ussher.
Ken and Margaret, with their children Ken, Wayne, Becky and Matt, grow bananas and other fruits at a plantation nestled in a valley surrounded by the beautiful Coopernook State Forest. It has been there since 1963 and was part run by Ken’s father, until Ken took over in 1976. Now there are three generations on the farm.
The Ussher’s don’t use any herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers. They keep their bananas deliciously sweet and healthy using seaweed foliar spray.
Year round, four types of bananas are produced: Gold fingers, Lady fingers, Cavendish and Plantains. You can find them sold exclusively at farmers markets straight to the consumer between Sydney and Laurieton. They have a regular stall at Wingham Farmers Market.
Margaret proudly lists their other produce also available in season. They grow mangoes, avocadoes, custard apples, kiwi fruit, plums, mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes, pineapples, chokos and persimmons. You can also buy banana nectar honey, from bee hives hosted on the property.