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.

The pumpkin patch at the First Congregational Church in Auburn will be open starting Saturday, September 29, continuing daily until October 31.

The pumpkins are grown on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Farmington, NM where they harvest approximately 1,200 acres of pumpkins and employ over 700 Native Americans during their harvest months of September and October. They also have a full time off-season NM staff that is comprised entirely of Native Americans. This has a positive and lasting impact on a region with 42% unemployment.

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.

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.