Pumpkin Patch Open in Moreland
by W. Winston Skinner
The legendary Great Pumpkin — and pumpkins of all sizes — fill the lawn at Moreland United Methodist Church.
If you are looking for the perfect pumpkin and cannot find it at Moreland Methodist’s Pumpkin Patch, it may not exist. The pumpkins are purchased from an Indian reservation in New Mexico, and the growers use the proceeds to purchase goats and prepare for future pumpkin planting.
Church members worked feverishly Friday to unload thousands of pumpkins for their annual fall fundraiser. The Pumpkin Patch opened Saturday. Dallas Prince, who was overseeing sales that morning, said there had been a steady stream of customers — despite cloudy skies and occasional showers.
“We had quite a few sales this morning,” he said. “We even sold some yesterday during the unloading.”
Hours for the patch will be weekdays from noon-8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from noon-6 p.m. Pumpkins range in price from 50-cent miniatures to gargantuan pumpkins priced at $30 or more.
“We give it back to the community,” church member Rita Darrah said — referring to the profits from the pumpkin sale. “At Christmas, we’ve helped about 80 families — the ones who didn’t have a Christmas.”
Money from the pumpkins patch goes to help “people in need … wherever we can help” throughout the years as situations arise, Darrah said. “It goes back into the community,” she said.
Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone also has a Pumpkin Patch. This is the tenth years for the Tyrone fundraiser.
Hopewell’s Patch is open weekdays from 12:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon-7:30 p.m.
Moreland’s Pumpkin Patch is visible from Highway 27A/29 on the east lawn of the church. Hopewell is located at 351 Jenkins Rd., across from Sandy Creek High School.