Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch Page!
Pumpkin Patch Q & A
- When do we open and what do we do?
The 2019 Sierra Vista Pumpkin Patch will open on September 26th and will remain open until October 31st. Our hours are from 9 am to 9 pm daily. We will have thousands of Pumpkins ranging in all sizes for sale, as well as gourds!! There will be storytelling for schools and other groups each weekday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. by appointment. To make an appointment for story time, or if you have a question, please call the church office at 325-944-4041 or visit us at 4522 College Hills Blvd. (Pumpkins are in the field between Sierra Vista UMC and IHOP).
Our first shipment will be arriving 5:30 pm on September 25th. We hope you will come help us unload an 18-wheeler full of pumpkins. We will also be getting a second shipment on the 9thor 16th at 5:30 pm.
- Where do they come from?
Our pumpkins come from a company called “Pumpkin Patch fundraisers” ~ their farming operations are on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Farmington, NM. In cooperation with the Navajo Nation, they grow 1,200 acres or approximately 2 square miles of pumpkins and employee over 700 Native Americans during their harvest months of September and October. They also have a full time off-season staff. So our patch has a positive and lasting impact on a region with 42% unemployment.
- What does your purchase benefit?
The profit from our sales benefit Sierra Vista UMC youth group (for camps and trips) and it also helps the Navajo Indian Reservation where they are grown… It is a win win fundraiser!
- How is the patch an outreach?
During the month of October we have over 2,000 children and their families visit the patch. We invite families to come take pictures and run around the pumpkins. We also have a couple of events that we hope you will come check out. Each year we show the Peanuts movie “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and offer free popcorn and water to the crowd. Check back for time and date! Your support of our patch reaches so much farther than Sierra Vista… It reaches the San Angelo Community and the Navajo Reservation where the pumpkins are grown!
Every day, local day care centers and elementary schools are invited to visit the “Great Pumpkin Patch”. They will hear pumpkin stories, pick up pumpkins and buy one if they want. Each teacher gets to pick out a pumpkin for their classroom.
- What does it cost?
There is never a charge for pictures or any event! We just want to encourage fun and family time! The pumpkins and gourds are for sale and range in cost from $0.75 to $40.00. We usually get some specialty pumpkins and large guards to sell as well.
- How can you help?
You can buy pumpkins… but our BIGGEST need is help to unload them from the truck! We will receive our first load of Pumpkins on September 25th at 5:30 pm and another truckload on the October 9th or 16th at 5:30! We will unload the truck, then we will feed you pizza and soda!