The first edible garden in an American sports facility is now open just behind centerfield at AT&T Park. The herb-wrapped ribbon was officially cut yesterday afternoon by Giants President and CEO Larry Baer, Fedele Bauccio (CEO Bon Appetit), and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence.
The lush garden mixes beauty and function with the use of a space behind centerfield referred to as the batter's eye. The batter's eye is the area of a baseball stadium that is the visual backdrop of the batter while he is facing the pitcher. For the safety of the batter, this area of the stadium must be dark so that the batter can easily see the ball. At AT&T Park, this area directly under the scoreboard is now dark from the batter's view, but also is fresh and multi-functional. The Garden will be open two hours before each game when dark green walls with viewing windows will come out and keep the space protected for The Garden guests and dark for the batter. For special events on non-game days the wall can be removed to open up a direct view of home plate from the 4,320 square foot space.
The Bon Appetit Management Company will be providing fresh, healthy food to guests in this unique space. The beautiful garden filled with blueberries, strawberries, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuces lemons, watercress, and kale to name a few inspire learning about sustainability and nutrition for the youngest fans. CEO and Cofounder Fedele Bauccio states "we believe strongly that fresh, delicious food is a powerful teaching tool."
Bon Appetit's menu will feature flatbreads, antipasti, bruschetta, smoothies, juices, sandwiches and garden salads. Food service will begin mid-July after the All-Star break. Peets Coffee & Tea is a sponsor of The Garden and will be providing coffee to guests and coffee grounds to fertilize The Garden.