Pumpkins with a purpose at South Church

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The Pumpkin Patch is returning to South Church. While it may seem that the purchase of a pumpkin is a common and ordinary act each fall, these beautiful harbingers of autumn are part of an incredible chain of good deeds and help to serve an important purpose.

Pumpkins sold at the Pumpkin Patch are grown on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. The Navajo tribe has made it their mission to be a self-sustaining, profitable, culturally and environmentally sensitive farm. Their products help support the mission and vision of churches and other non-profit organizations around the country. In a unique business model, profits from items sold at the Pumpkin Patch are split between the Navajo reservation and South Church.

By purchasing Pumpkin Patch items, buyers are helping to provide food and sustenance to hungry people on a local, regional and national level. Proceeds will support the mission of South Church, the community meal provided by the Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen, and the future service trips of the youth group.

Pumpkin Patch pumpkins are sold by size, not weight, and there is a size for absolutely everyone. You can also find a wide selection of gourds and other fall decor. Volunteers will stay at a safe social distance and help you select the pumpkin that is just right for you. Wagons are available to make loading into your car easy.

The Pumpkin Patch will be open from Oct. 3 until Oct. 31, from noon until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekends. There is an after-hours drop box to pay if you can’t make it during open hours and we hope to offer Venmo pay too. For more information, please visit the website southchurchgranby.org