I love it when two of my favorite things come together, and for today that’s baseball and food.

When I was at AT&T Park recently to cheer on the San Francisco Giants, I also checked out the 2-month-old garden behind centerfield next to the bleachers. The lower section under the giant scoreboard was once a lonely, quiet corridor with a few vendors. But now it’s bustling with activity, from Giants fans to busy bees.

The park’s main food vendor, Bon Appetit Management, built the garden to be filled with seasonal fruits, herbs and vegetables. The produce goes into the food they sell at their two stands, including flat breads, fresh salads and sandwiches. The menu isn’t all vegetarian, but there’s a heavy emphasis on the greens and they’re showcased especially in the flatbreads.

The garden provides a nice spot to appreciate nature before a game, and the fresh local produce makes sense in San Francisco’s food-focused environment. Just wondering how many home runs will land in the lettuce planter?

Herbs and a variety of lettuce grow in miniature pots along columns in the garden.

Herbs and a variety of lettuce grow in miniature pots along columns in the garden.

One of two fresh-produce-focused stands at the garden serving up salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and fruit drinks.

One of two fresh-produce-focused stands at the garden serving up salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and fruit drinks.

Salads in mason jars and fresh fruit drinks are available

Salads in mason jars and fresh fruit drinks are available

The garden is right under the Giants' scoreboard at centerfield.

The garden is right under the Giants’ scoreboard at centerfield.

Boxed salads for sale

Boxed salads for sale

I tried a fennel sausage flatbread with fresh greens and caramelized onions. It was tasty but a bit hard to eat.

I tried a fennel sausage flatbread with fresh greens and caramelized onions. It was tasty but a bit hard to eat.

Love the lavender in season

Love the lavender in season

The Garden is a fun new addition to AT&T Park.

The Garden is a fun new addition to AT&T Park.

3 Responses to Spotlight on San Francisco Giants’ Garden at AT&T Park

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    They did such a great job on this. What an inspired idea to create an edible garden at a major sports venue. I hope more do the same.

  2. Mike Vitolo says:

    I work at the San Jose Convention Center and would like to speak with someone about what it took to set the garden up. We are considering installing one.

    Please provide a point of contact.
    Thank you!

    • Ben Ben says:

      Mike, I’m not associated with the AT&T garden, so don’t know who is the point of contact. But I would just go to the Bon Appetit Management website and look for a contact there.