WHY EXPORT ??? : Central Australia's only mango grower enjoys monster harvest and continues to sell only from roadside stall













NT Country Hour By Nathan Coates


Updated yesterday at 5:43pm




























For locally grown Central Australian mangoes the season is just about over, and there was a rush on over the weekend at the only place they are sold ... roadside in Alice Springs.





 





"We harvested about 55 to 60 tonnes," he said.



Mr Crayford said during a good year his 2000-tree farm would yield about 40 tonnes, and this year was a huge improvement on last year's rain-affected 12-tonne harvest.




He said the rain this year did worry him but it was not heavy enough to cause damage.



Mr Crayford said on Saturday he sold about 360 boxes and sold out quickly because people were keen to buy mangoes before he stopped selling after next Saturday.



Alice Springs local Peter said his wife had sent him to buy mangoes from Mr Crayford, and he was keen to support local producers.



"You don't know where the mangoes in the supermarkets have come from," he said.



"We've always bought mangoes from here and the quality is really good."





Another buyer from Alice Springs said she had been buying mangoes from Mr Crayford's roadside shop for more than 20 years.


'Why would I buy them anywhere else? I wait for them to come in January," she said.