FUMC’s pumpkin patch ready for harvest

Roughly 2,000 pumpkins are available for purchase at First United Methodist Church in Cleveland through Halloween. All pumpkins are $20 or less and come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors.

Brightly-colored pumpkins cover the lawns of First United Methodist Church in Cleveland. The pumpkins are sold each year by the church to fund mission and church groups.

This year, there are more than 2,000 pumpkins from which to pick, says Pam Hargrave, FUMC secretary.

Pam Hargraves, church secretary at First United Methodist Church, says this year’s pumpkin crop is double what is offered in years past. Roughly 2,000 pumpkins, all under $20, are available for pickup through Halloween.

“We’ve got about twice as many as we normally have,” Hargrave said. “We got them on Oct. 14, but with the rain and cold, sales have been a little slow.”

That means there are plenty from which to pick, she said, and with pumpkins in multiple colors, shapes, sizes and price tags, the only difficulty for customers will be finding the right one for their homes.

“I love them all. They are just so unique this year,” Hargrave said.

The pumpkins are grown in New Mexico by a Native American tribe on reservation land. After harvesting the pumpkins, they are shipped to destinations all across the United States.

Pam Hargraves, Sandy Burleson, Cheryl Rodriguez, Frank Rodriguez and Peggy Murray (left to right) help with pumpkin sales on Thursday at First United Methodist Church of Cleveland.

The smallest of the pumpkins, and the ones that are perfect for very young children, are $1 each. Hargrave said in years past they have helped local teachers find pumpkins for all their students.

The proceeds of the pumpkin sales at First United Methodist Church in Cleveland will go toward church missions and youth groups.

“We have teachers who come by and take them to the school, but this year we’ve only had a couple of teachers come by,” she said.

Typically the FUMC pumpkin patch is one of two in Liberty County, the second being First Baptist Church in Dayton. However, this year the Dayton church halted pumpkin sales to welcome a new pastor.

FUMC in Cleveland is located at 100 N. William Barnett Ave., just west of Brookshire Bros. The pumpkin patch is hard to miss as it faces Houston Street. For more information on hours of operation, call 281-592-0545 or stop by. Church members are keeping the pumpkin patch open beyond normal business hours.

The church also welcomes families who want to take photos among the pumpkins. A backdrop of hay and decorations provides another option for photos.

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

Previous articleNathan Reid Harmon
Next articleMy five cents: Preparations under way for 86th Legislative Session
Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.