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CEO Jonathan Cartu Says – More to Friendswood pumpkin patch than meets the eye

More to Friendswood pumpkin patch than meets the eye

CEO Jonathan Cartu Says – More to Friendswood pumpkin patch than meets the eye


In the 200 block of FM 2351, there’s a pumpkin patch that’s not your typical pumpkin patch.

For openers, it incorporates an entire strip shopping center that features a computer repair shop and a pet grooming store. But the pumpkins are all over the grounds. At one end are two pumpkin-head scarecrows riding on the back of a golf cart. At the other end is a 1931 Ford truck with pumpkins in the bed.

Where are all these pumpkins coming from? They’re from the Blue Monkey Resale Shop at 208 FM 2351.

“We start off with about — small pumpkins and large pumpkins — 4,000 pumpkins. We’ll get another 4,000 pumpkins tonight,” shop owner Kim Reed said on Oct. 15. “We’ll go through most of them. We probably lose five to eight pumpkins a day because they deteriorate. We probably end up with a thousand pumpkins left over. Oh God, horses love pumpkins, pigs love pumpkins; so what we have left, we give them away.”

Customers bring their pumpkins inside the resale shop, size them up to comparable pumpkins that bear prices, and just like that Reed has found another happy home for more of his pumpkins.

The prices range from $8 for the smaller ones to $25 for the largest. But he’s also got tiny ones and gourds for sale and they can range from $1 to $6.

Why pumpkin patches get repeat customers

“We have a following. All the ones (families) that we started with 10 years ago, we still have,” said Reed, an Alvin resident. “We’ve just added as we’ve gone along. There’s a philosophy to that. Like a Christmas tree lot, people come back to the same pumpkin patch lot year after year. So, they take pictures of their kids growing up in the pumpkin patch. When the kid gets to 20, they hand them a book and its pictures of every year they were in the pumpkin patch until you were 20. Having pictures of your kids in the pumpkin patch is a cool gift to give to your kids.”

The patch is open daily from 10 a.m. until dark through Halloween night.

Now comes the real reason why this is not your ordinary pumpkin patch.

Reed is president of the Builders Without Borders of Texas, a nonprofit organization that has built homes and two schools in Haiti, where less than half of the country’s children receive a formal education. All profits from Blue Monkey support the group’s projects.

In Haiti, a country racked by poverty and dealt blows by hurricanes, school is rarely offered for free. The organization’s two schools provide a free education to go along with a daily hot meal.

“This pumpkin patch supports our home in Haiti,” Reed said.

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