The Pumpkin Patch at St. Philip’s United Methodist Church is open through October 31. When you drive down Beechnut and are blinded by the sea of orange between Hillcroft and Chimney Rock, you will know you’ve found the place. The Pumpkin Patch is a place where anyone can stop by, walk among thousands of pumpkins on site and select and purchase the perfect pumpkin for Halloween carving! It is also a great setting for fall family photographs. In addition, creative shoppers might want to check out the bizarre-looking pumpkins and gourds if they happen to be looking for just the right decorative item to finish off a magnificent fall display!
The church contracts with a grower in New Mexico for a delivery of enough pumpkins to fill an eighteen-wheeler truck! The field work and care of the growing pumpkins is provided by American Indians living in the area. At the appropriate time, the pumpkins are harvested and sent all over the country. The pumpkins range from golf ball-sized tiny ones to giant 70 pounders. They were unloaded from a truck on October 3 by church volunteers and were then placed on the church lawn to sell to the neighborhood. Sales began on October 4. The pumpkins are moved almost every day to keep them fresh and beautiful and are being sold as a fund-raiser for church repairs and outreach programs. The prices, set by the grower as part of the sales agreement, are fixed and not allowed to be discounted, even on October 31! That means if you wait until the last minute, you might not get the pumpkin you want, but you’ll still pay the regular price! So, shop early for the best selection.
The Pumpkin Patch will be at St. Philip’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Beechnut, until Saturday, October 31. Pumpkins will be sold according to the following schedule:
• Monday-Friday, 1-7 pm
• Saturday, 10 am-7 pm
• Sunday, 2-7 pm
Call the church office at 713-666-2175 for more information.
Below are photos taken on the day the pumpkins ere unloaded. Approximately 60 people helped, including the Cub Scouts and their parents.