The oldest baseball stadium in the country, our beloved chapel known as Fenway Park, is constantly evolving in order to maintain an atmosphere and bevy of features designed to make Red Sox nation comfortable and keep them engaged.
On Thursday, April 9, the Red Sox announced its latest Fenway iteration: a rooftop garden aptly called Fenway Farms.
News of the new nursery comes shortly after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took a tour of Fenway and digested 174 new seats, enhanced Wi-Fi, an interactive video wall for fans to take photos, activity space for children and two new 30” high x 39.3’ wide LED ribbon boards.
According to the Red Sox, the garden will change seasonally but staple herbs and veggies include arugula, green beans, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, lettuce, pea shoots, sweet peppers, tomatoes, basil, chives, cilantro, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
BostInno followed up with the Red Sox to see how this may affect food prices – consistently among the most expensive in the country.
“No, it will not affect pricing throughout the ballpark,” said spokesperson Zineb Curran.
The plan is to use the garden not only to serve home-grown concessions during games and other Fenway events, but to also use it go educate local youth on healthy eating and the importance of environmental preservation.
In June 2008, Fenway piloted growing tomatoes behind the pitchers mound of the bullpen.
“Two local companies from Somerville, Recover Green Roofs and Green City Growers, worked on the installation and planting of Fenway Farms,” added the club. “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.”