For the past 25 years, elementary school kids in Huntsville have been packing yellow buses for a trip to Tate Farms to pick out a pumpkin. In a lot of ways, it was one of the best field trips all year — educational, but not boring. Exciting, because you got pumped up for Halloween. Kids were outside instead of cooped up in a classroom.
Then, COVID-19 hit and field trips were canceled.
Determined to keep the fall spirit alive, Tate Farms came up with a way to bring a little pumpkin cheer to the kids.
“This year has been different,” Tate Farms wrote on Facebook. “We all know that. But as a farm that started as a place for school kids to come on field trips 25 years ago, not hearing laughter in the mornings and school buses unloading over 15,000 kids has been a big adjustment. We planted pumpkins in June and planted all the school pumpkins we always do in anticipation of seeing smiling faces at the farm. This year things are different, but that doesn’t mean school kids won’t be getting Tate Farms pumpkins. We reached out to many of the schools that have come to us in the past year and worked with the teachers to deliver pumpkins to the kids. Having relationships with local schools and being able to provide kids with pumpkins has allowed us to carry on the tradition, and it’s been a blessing to us to provide the kids with the tradition of getting a Tate Farms pumpkin.”
Tate Farms is still open to the public. You can find out more here if you want to go outside of school hours.