AT&T Park is already one of the nation's most progressive ballparks when it comes to dining, but the Giants' home stadium has really topped itself with the introduction of its new edible garden. The 4,320-square-foot patch, located just under the scoreboard behind the centerfield wall, is
the first of its kind in an American sports stadium, and will provide the Bon Appetit Management Company concessions at the park with freshly-grown avocados, berries, tomatoes, and of course, kale.
The garden, designed by Blasen Landscape Architecture and EDG, features both raised beds and aeroponic growing towers, which use 95% less water than conventional growing methods; the garden is fertilized with coffee grounds provided by Peet's. After the All-Star break in mid-July, the garden will be open for every home game at the park, with two concession stands, Garden Table and Hearth Table, serving flatbreads from an onsite pizza oven, smoothies, juices, sandwiches, and salads.
There's a bar in the garden, as well as tables, benches, and firepits for fans to sit and enjoy their snack. (There are small cutout slits with ground-level views of the field, so don't worry about missing any action.) An onsite sod farm, which grows the grass for the field, will serve as a picnic lawn. The garden will open two hours prior to each game, as well as for special events like community nutrition and cooking demos.
Update, 10:08 am: Contrary to the claims of Giants PR, the edible garden is not the first in a sports stadium. The San Diego Padres have apparently had one for three years.