Posts Tagged ‘pumpkin patch’

Stocking up on pumpkins

Time’s running out, and so are the pumpkins. Pumpkin patches can be overwhelming for the little ones, but one block east of South Congress is a patch set up on an intimate scale that keeps everyone smiling while those pictures are taken. Every year there are more scarecrows in the backdrops for photographs, so someone must be an expert at making them. Wagons are available for ferrying the larger cucurbits to a vehicle, although we saw a wagon employed to carry a load of small pumpkins, not too heavy for the little boy pulling them along. Make sure you’re ready for the national holiday of Austin, which reaches its peak observation tomorrow evening. Look for the signs at Grace United Methodist Church, 205 East Monroe. It’s all for a good cause, and a trip to the pumpkin patch combines very well with one to the H-E-B on South Congress, where early voting is in progress.

Posing at the pumpkin patch

Grace Methodist Church, just east of South Congress on Monroe, has the perfect pumpkin patch for the little ones. There are places to pose with pumpkins, bales of straw, and scarecrows, but nothing is too overwhelming for even the youngest. We saw little girls wearing orange tulle skirts with spangles, and little boys having their pictures taken with pumpkins small and light enough for them to hold in their arms. The smallest gourds have already sold out, but there are large warty ones in various colors to enhance anyone’s autumn decor beyond what pumpkins can do.

We missed the fair and bake sale yesterday, but there will be another bake sale this coming Saturday. Grace United Methodist Church is located at 205 East Monroe, just a block away from the South Congress bus line. Hours are 4 to 7 pm Monday through Friday, 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, and noon to 7 pm on Sunday. Prices of the pumpkins vary by size. Proceeds go to support good causes.

Perfect pumpkin patch

South Austin pumpkin patch 2008

South Austin pumpkin patch 2008

There are nearly as many photographs taken as there are pumpkins and gourds sold at this pumpkin patch just a block east of South Congress (at 205 East Monroe Street, Grace United Methodist Church).

Those pumpkins will be there right through the big day itself or until they’re sold out, and they’re selling.

There are fancy pumpkins in addition to the customary orange smooth ones, in other colors and with other textures. Some of the gourds are in more exotic forms than ones I’ve been seeing elsewhere around town. This recurring event is a little different every year, but it always incorporates events for children, a quilt or afghan raffle, and a fall fair (this year, that’s on Saturday, October 25).

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