Pumpkin Patch Moves Locations, Offers New Pumpkin Varieties

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The school’s fall sports fundraiser, the pumpkin patch, has been moved from the main parking lot to the grassy area in front of the staff parking lot.

The pumpkin patch’s move was a result of the parking lot’s reconfiguration: Several rows were changed. The area that the pumpkin patch used to be is now in the exit area of the parking lot.

Setting up the pumpkin patch in the area used last year “would be dangerous,” said Kelly Montelaro, who is in charge of the pumpkin patch.

The school’s Athletic Boosters put together the fundraiser, with a goal of making $8,000. The money will be used for the gears and uniforms of athletic teams. The pumpkin patch is staffed mainly by parent volunteers whose children participate in fall sports.

The pumpkin patch will be set up for two weeks. Pumpkins were delivered on Friday, October 15 and Montelaro hopes that pumpkins will be sold out by the thirtieth.

Pumpkins were bought from fields of a local farmer in South San Jose.

“The cool thing is that it is a family farm. We used to buy pumpkins from this guy’s dad, [and] now he’s taking over the farm. We’ve been buying pumpkins from them for a long time,” said Montelaro.

Also, this year there is a greater variety of pumpkins. Instead of solely stocking orange pumpkins, the patch now sells white ghost pumpkins and others that are pale-green.

Montelaro believes that the new location of the pumpkin patch makes it “a lot more fun over there than where it was before.”

“I think that the added trees add a little bit of a spooky feeling,” said Debra Stout, who has volunteered at the pumpkin patch for four years. “[The new placement] lends … [the Pumpkin Patch] better display for the people going by because we’re right on the street as opposed to being in the back of the parking lot.”

However, it may still take a while for the location change to be a profitable factor. “This year there’s a possibility of being an off year until people figure out we’re down there,” Montelaro said.

Still, by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19 there was an estimated $1,000 made in the pumpkin patch.