In what might be the most California thing ever, the San Francisco 49ers became the first NFL team to have a vegetable garden on the roof of their stadium. The team installed an “urban farm” of sorts atop Levi’s Stadium just in time for the 2016 NFL season.
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Named “Faithful Farm,” the plot contains 4,000 square feet of fresh veggies like tomatoes, summer squash and eggplant. More than 40 crops and herbs have been growing in the garden beds since early July, and the plan is to use the produce to offer 49er fans much healthier in-stadium food offerings at home games this season. From the outlet Ruling Sports:
Using the 150 pounds per week of produce the farm is expected to produce, Brown’s menus for 49ers fans feature truffled summer squash and Dungeness crab risotto, ratatouille nicoise, crispy tempura shishito peppers and shichimi dusted colossal prawns, and heirloom tomato and fried eggplant napoleon.
This afternoon, high above Levi’s Stadium, Niners media members got a taste of some of that exquisite-sounding food; and though we’ve never heard of some of those dishes, they all sound delicious. Maybe the 49ers garden helped fuel Colin Kaepernick’s vegan transformation, and he’s been sneaking up to the rooftop every night all off-season.
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