MEDIA ADVISORY – New from the Coors Field GaRden: Purple potato chips

Media are invited to attend the third annual spring planting of the Coors Field GaRden on Thursday morning, and this year’s harvest will feature a new crop: organic Purple Viking potatoes that will be used to make potato chips the shade of the Colorado Rockies’ primary color for fans to enjoy in the baseball stadium.

WHAT: The Rockies and Aramark, the Rockies’ exclusive food and beverage partner, have again partnered with Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment to plant the GaRden at the ballpark. When it was launched three years ago it was baseball’s first on-site, sustainable garden producing food for use in the stadium.

The Rockies and Aramark staff and a CSU team will be planting a host of edible flowers and assorted vegetables this season in addition to the purple potatoes, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, turnips, chard, kale, beans and chives. Planted herbs will include parsley, thyme, basil, cilantro, dill, oregano and sage. The Institute for the Built Environment is located in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

WHEN: Thursday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Coors Field, Gate A

VISUALS: The 600-square-foot GaRden mimics a baseball stadium, with raised beds terracing upwards from the GaRden’s “infield” to the outfield to the stands.

WHY: The GaRden, which promotes beneficial garden ecosystem functions, will provide Aramark with herbs and vegetables for use in Coors Field’s Mountain Ranch Club menu and build-your-own salad station. Sustainable features include raised beds built from beetle-kill pinewood, organic soil and irrigation drip lines made from recycled materials.

Jeff Dodge, Colorado State University, 970-491-4251,
Warren Miller, Colorado Rockies, 303-312-2326,
David Freireich, ARAMARK, 215-238-4078,