hundreds of pumpkins spread out on a large lawn in front of a church
The Pumpkin Patch at Carter Memorial Church/ Credit: Needham Observer

Every October for 25 years the lawn at 800 Highland Ave. has transformed into a pumpkin patch.

The appearance of some 8,000 pumpkins and gourds is the work of Carter Memorial United Methodist Church members and community volunteers who sell them to raise funds for charity. 

The 80,000 pounds of pumpkins arrive from New Mexico where they are grown by Navajo farmers as their main source of income.

Proceeds from the more than $50,000 raised each year support scholarships and several organizations in Needham as well as a range of charitable and service organizations across the state and the country. The largest recipients are the Navajo farmers. 

On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a trackless train running through the patch — and you may encounter fiddlers as well. 

The pumpkin patch is open weekends from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and weekdays from 2-6 p.m. until Halloween.

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