Updated at 1:30 p.m. to correct family fun dates.
Those traveling along Highland Avenue into downtown Needham this week likely discovered that a fun, fall tradition is back—the Pumpkin Patch at Carter Memorial United Methodist Church.
Featuring hundreds of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes, the patch is open daily now through the end of October from 12-7 p.m.
The pumpkins arrived on Saturday, Sept. 22—trucked in from a Navajo reservation in New Mexico, where hardworking farmers grow them as part of their livelihood, according to church member Michelle Tapsell. A portion of the proceeds from the church sales go back to the growers, with the remaining funds supporting church missions, such as the free community meal offered every Tuesday evening.
"Another shipment comes in in about three weeks," Tapsell said of the pumpkins.
Prices start at $3 for kid-sized pumpkins and increase depending on the pumpkin's size and weight.
Along with pumpkins, Carter Memorial Church's 2012 Pumpkin Patch offers family fun events every Saturday from 1-3 p.m. through the season.
The schedule includes:
- Saturday, Oct. 6, 1-3 p.m. Moon Bounce
- Saturday, Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m. Trackless Train Ride on church grounds
- Saturday, Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m. Pumpkin decorating
- Saturday, Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m. Halloween craft
For more about the Pumpkin Patch and Carter Memorial UMC, visit carterumc.org.