What does kale have to do with the World Series?
A lot, it turns out!
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, who is the team's healthy-eating ambassador, is a kale-lover, and encouraged the creation of a vegetable garden behind center field at AT&T Park. It is a 4,320-square-foot space just underneath the scoreboard.
It was opened this summer (June 2014), with vegetables and fruits for items on the menu at the ballpark. Mason jar salads anyone? Swiss chard sauté? How about a kale and spinach salad with roasted orange peppers, baby artichoke hearts, shaved radishes and sunflower seeds for $11.50 at the ballpark?
Of particular interest to us, they grow leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard and collards, as well as herbs like tarragon, lavender and sage (along with artichokes, kumquats, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, etc.).
Now we are even bigger Hunter Pence fans than we were before!
Here are a couple of stories that will tell you even more about the ballpark edible garden project.
1. Kale-Loving Giants Outfielder
2. Giants Field a Vegetable Patch
3. Centerfield of Greens