John Crayford has been adding a sweet touch to life in the Central Australian Outback for nearly 30 years.
The 9.4 hectare property 180 kilometres north of Alice Springs was set up in 1988.
It has 1800 mango trees, mainly Kensington Pride but also some Hayden and Kent.
The farm shop has turned over $1.5 million in a good year selling mangoes, mango ice cream, sweet chutneys, conserves, sauces, toppings, mineral water and frozen fruit.
The freehold farm is watered via an automated irrigation system from a bore with a 75 megalitre water licence.
Cool rooms and the packing shed are equipped with a mango drier with the power supplied from the Ti Tree power station, supplemented from the solar panels on the packing shed roof.
Dwellings include a one-bedroom cottage with additional workers’ accommodation and kitchen provided to accommodate seasonal staff.
There is a workshop with power and additional storage in four shipping containers.
Visitors to Red Centre Farm are always impressed.
One writes on TripAdvisor: “Some of the best mangoes you will ever taste. Great stopover two hours north of Alice Springs just off the highway. They sell great ice cream as well.”
Another posts: “Stopped off here to get the freshest mango we’ve ever eaten. We also had yummy mango ice cream.”
And a third says: “People are nice and the farm is beautiful. Stop and buy some mango products.”