San Francisco Giants Announce Plan For Outdoor Edible Garden Behind Center Field

At the San Francisco Giant's stadium, batters aren't the only ones stepping up to the plate

With the rapid growth of the farm-to-table food movement, we’re no longer surprised to see local produce at our favorite neighborhood restaurants. But noshing on kale chips and fresh patty pan squash … at the ball park?

It’s three cheers for fresh, garden-grown fruits and veggies at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park, where they’ve announced plans to grow the first-ever outdoor edible garden in a major American sports facility, according to Inside Scoop SF. The 3,000 square foot garden will be planted behind center field, in a space between the left and right field bleachers that’s currently mostly concrete. The garden will supply fresh produce for some of the parks’ concession stands and will act as an open-air dining area and community classroom for families and kids in the offseason, all coming to you by opening day 2014.

The project was officially announced by President Obama July 29 as he honored the Giants at the White House for their 2012 World Series Championship, but it’s not just the President who has displayed enthusiasm. Giants fans and San Francisco residents are already vocalizing their support for the project, which prides itself on being the first of its kind and an idea that’s an integral part of today’s world. Shira Lenchewski, RD and founder of the Work+Play Method, can’t wait to see the project come to fruition:

“As a San Francisco native, a nutritionist, and a slow food enthusiast, I could not be more thrilled. For so many Americans, sporting events are synonymous with processed meats, refined grains and soda. And with this edible garden, the Giants are really breaking the mold, and making slow food sexy and accessible.”

The project, called Giants Garden, is a partnership between the Giants and Bon Appetit Management Co, which has operated the concessions at the stadium since the ballpark’s opening in 2000. And we’re not just talking about growing a ripe tomato for a burger patty. The preliminary plans show raised planters with English peas and radishes, aeroponic gardens with butter lettuce and bok choy, citrus tables with meyer lemons and many more mouth-watering herbs and veggies.

So scoot over, frankfurters and Cracker Jacks. Here’s hoping other ball parks follow suit.

Grace Elkus is a contributing writer for iVillage. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.

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