Mt. Kisco heralds return of the pumpkin patch

October 9, 2012 by  

In what has become an eagerly anticipated fall tradition, the United Methodist Church (UMC) of Mt. Kisco has again transformed its front lawn into a scene that would gladden the heart of Great Pumpkin fans everywhere. Thousands of pumpkins, grown and harvested in New Mexico, will adorn the church lawn through the end of October. It is a site to behold and, apparently, a popular photo backdrop.

The pumpkin patch began at UMC in 2001 and has grown to include two shipments of pumpkins delivered for the sale, along with a pumpkin festival, which this year has been set for Saturday, October 20. Volunteers from throughout the community assist with the patch, unloading the gourd-like squashes from trucks and helping out during sale hours, which are 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm each day, except Saturdays when things start at 10:00 am.

The UMC of Mt. Kisco has availed itself of all of the traditional methods of publicizing the sale, such as using the parish newsletter, poster and flyer printing, and modern social and electronic media, to advertise the scene at 300 E. Main Street.

In 2011, the sale grossed more than $30,000. The net proceeds benefited several area charities, including the homeless assistance Emergency Shelter Partnership, and the Community Center of Northern Westchester. Gratuities in excess of the price of pumpkins purchased are turned over to the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, located at the UMC.

More information is available at the church website and Facebook page.