Fresh vegetables are grown, harvested, cooked and served at the Boston Red Sox’s ballpark.

Move over, hotdogs, and make room for a healthier menu at the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park. Fans can order salads and wraps made from vegetables grown in the park’s new 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden, affectionately called “Fenway Farms.”

Boston Red Sox Fenway Farms

Facilities manager Chris Knight, explains that one of the biggest motivations was …

KNIGHT: “… the demand from fans for greater access to healthy food options here at the ballpark.”

The Red Sox know that a ball traveling at high speed is sometimes called a “pea,” but when they decided to grow the vegetable, they had to bring in outside experts. Knight says the farm is truly a collaboration between the team, the company who will grow and harvest the crops, and the stadium concessionaire – who is creating a new menu for health conscious fans.

Fenway Farms is expected to produce about 4,000 pounds of produce annually. The farm will also offer environmental and nutritional programs for local students.

KNIGHT: “That will give local students an opportunity to learn about sustainability and healthy living options.”

The farm doubles as a green roof, so it will also improve air quality and reduce storm water runoff, making Fenway Farms a sustainability grand slam.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media/Jill Gorey.
Photo source: Fenway Greening website

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