JUPITER, Fla. — Pumpkin Patches are rarer this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bedner Farms in Boynton Beach is closed this year; however, Pumpkin Towne locations are open.
Scott Lucas' family has owned the Tree Towne lot at A1A and Indiantown Road for around 30 years. His family sells Christmas trees and pumpkins at this location in Jupiter each year and is excited to be opening for the season.
"I think it's just what we all kinda' need, you know, it's been rough, it's been hard for a lot of people and this will hopefully, for a lot of people, be that next step towards normalcy," Said Scott Lucas.
Kayla VanDyme is taking high school classes online and recently relocated from Tennessee to reunite with her dad. She's been working at the patch which has been busier than normal.
"Lots of moms with their babies to take pictures," Said VanDyme.
The pandemic has been extra hard for Kayla. She said she took the job at the pumpkin patch to help support her family financially. Her dad had a brain aneurism.
"And we spent six months with him in the hospital and he was our only source of income," Said VanDyme.
Kayla hopes to earn enough to not only help her family make ends meet but also cover her senior pictures so her last year of high school is one to remember.
"I'm trying to juggle school so I can help pay for bills... and work at the same time," Said VanDyme.
Like the kids laughing in the pumpkin patches, bounce house and play equipment Kayla, brings joy to those in Jupiter who are looking for some normalcy amid a pandemic.
"Well that's what makes it fun, that makes it worth it at the end of the day. To meet people who have been coming to your lots for 20 years that's what makes it fun and worth it," Said Scott Lucas.
Tree Towne Pumpkin Patches
Open daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
14 N. Old Dixie Hwy. (U.S. 1)
Jupiter, FL 33458
2200 NW Federal Hwy.
Stuart, FL 34994
2635 SR 7
Wellington, FL 33414