Red Sox create rooftop garden at Fenway Park
"Fenway Farms" Presented by Stop & Shop, Dole, Sage Fruit, and Aramark to Grow Vegetables and Herbs Used in Ballpark Fare
BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox have created a rooftop garden behind the Gate A Fenway Park façade that will grow vegetables and herbs throughout the baseball season. Produce and herbs grown in "Fenway Farms," presented by Stop & Shop, Dole, Sage Fruit, and Fenway Park concessionaire Aramark, will be used in food products prepared at the ballpark this season, including the restaurant in the EMC Club.
The garden will change seasonally, but will include vegetables such as arugula, green beans, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, lettuce, pea shoots, sweet peppers, and tomatoes. Herbs such as basil, chives, cilantro, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme will also be grown.
In addition to the number of environmental benefits, such as improved air quality and energy reduction (the garden will act as an insulator reducing heat and cooling needs to the building below), Fenway Park Farms will also serve as a teaching tool for area youth on the importance of healthy eating and the local environment.
The rooftop garden is not the first time the club has stretched its horticultural hand beyond the Fenway Park grass. In June of 2008, the club planted tomatoes behind the mound in the bullpen for that season.
Two local companies from Somerville, Recover Green Roofs and Green City Growers, worked on the installation and planting of Fenway Farms. Recover Green Roofs installed the garden planters and irrigation system. Green City Growers planted the produce and herbs and will maintain the garden during its growing season.