SOUTH TAMPA — The Pumpkin Patch at Hyde Park Village has been open since last week, but there are plenty of pumpkins left.
Shoppers can buy pumpkins of many shapes and sizes, and take photographs amid hay bales or by the scarecrow. The pumpkin patch is sponsored by Florida State Fence, a Tampa-based fencing company.
This week we caught up with Jon Locklear, who stopped by the patch to pick out pumpkins with his daughters, 6-year-old Wells and 4-year-old Vivian.
Q: Why did you want to buy your pumpkin here?
Answer: Well, it’s on the way home for one thing. But also we want to support anything happening in Hyde Park Village. It’s a pretty place.
Q: Why did you want to buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch rather than from, say, the a bin in front of a supermarket?
Answer: Well, here you’re at Hyde Park by the fountain.
Q: Do you guys get a pumpkin every year?
Answer: We do, actually. I feel like we come here every year.
Q: Who carves the pumpkins in your house?
Answer: They (the girls) are going to carve them. Well, I’m going to end up carving them. They are going to get them started.
Q: What’s your favorite holiday besides Halloween?
Answer: Christmas, of course.
The Pumpkin Patch at Hyde Park Village is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The patch will be open until Oct. 30.
For more information, go to www.hydeparkvillage.com.
— Elizabeth Behrman