Fresh, healthy food at the ballpark may be a relatively small part of the overall concession scene, but it feels like an important one. I’ve been to a lot of games in recent weeks and, because I’m turning into an old man whose system craves healthier things, I’ve often felt at a loss during games, trying to decide what is the least worst option for me. I am sure that there are a lot of people who feel the same way. For the most part those people aren’t the hardcore fans who want a hot dog and a beer. Rather, they are the sort of people who may decide not to go to a game based on any number of factors and food may be one of them.
So, one small way to help grow the game would be grow the food options. The Red Sox are doing that. Quite literally. They have planted a rooftop garden along the third base line:
Growers use intensive methods, including drip irrigation and planting fresh crops right after others are harvested. That has enabled the garden to yield more than 2,000 pounds of tomatoes, cucumber, eggplants, all sorts of peppers, rosemary, basil, dill, parsley, tarragon and kale in the first three months, Banhazl said.
They’re using the crops in concessions like salads, wraps, cocktails and the like. They grow the crops in milk crates so they can move it if they have to.
A small amount of food, sides and garnishes to be sure. But a trend that could make the ballpark more welcoming for more people.