The Pumpkin Patch at First Congregational Church in Auburn is more than an annual fundraiser.  Since the first event in 2007, the Pumpkin Patch has become an Auburn tradition for many families.

Sitting at the busy intersection of Church St. and Central St., it’s hard to miss the striking scene: Bright orange pumpkins sitting among fallen leaves and maple trees in fall foliage, all against the backdrop of First Congregational’s classic New England white-steepled church.

File photo (John Anderson)

File photo (John Anderson)

The pumpkin patch at the First Congregational Church in Auburn will return on October 1st. This fundraiser benefits the Navajo Tribes as well as the First Congregational Church. The pumpkins are purchased from New Mexico, where the pumpkins are grown on reservations.

For area residents, there is a certain allure to buying pumpkins from First Congregational, where the proceeds go toward supporting the church and its work in the local and global community.  Sure, marching through a muddy field in search of that perfect $32 pumpkin has some appeal.  But it just can’t compare to wandering around the idyllic church yard, under an azure October sky, while youngsters jump in leaf piles and struggle with pumpkins twice their size.

The Pumpkin Patch opens for business October 1st, and runs through October 31st or until the pumpkins are gone.  Daily hours are from 10am (11am on Sundays) to dusk.  If you have questions, feel free to call the church office at 508-832-2845.