Roots for the Home Team is a Minnesota-based program inspired by youth gardening, a practice which teaches kids to appreciate and enjoy food by immersing them in its creation. Young gardeners turn their produce into delicious salads, and then work selling those salads to a bigger audience at local sports arenas. Throughout the process, they gain culinary skills, sales and marketing experience, and confidence.
This year, with the support of the Brewers Community Foundation, the Milwaukee Brewers became the first expansion team to welcome the Roots for the Home Team program. Throughout July, August, and September, Milwaukee youth will “step up to the plate” to bring fresh salads, made with locally grown produce, to Miller Park. Among these youth are members of Groundwork Milwaukee’s Young Farmers and Green Team programs.
Groundwork Milwaukee is one of two organizations that Roots for the Home Team will be working with at Miller Park. Over the course of the summer, six Groundwork Milwaukee participants collaborated with Chef Coaches to create from-scratch recipes made, in part, with ingredients grown at Groundwork Milwaukee’s gardening sites. Here is a sneak peak of what to expect from the culinary minds of our young chefs!
The M.Y. Fresco Salad was created by participants, Melvin and Yazon, with the help of Chef Coach Caitlin Cullen, Tandem Restaurant. It has a bit of a southwestern flare and is made with ingredients including corn, black beans, and queso fresco.
The Go Go Groundwork Green Team Salad was created by participants, Justin, Hayley, and Shay, with the help of Chef Coach Ishmael Simmons, Chick N Dude Gourmet Food Truck. This equally yummy salad has more of a Mediterranean vibe and is made with ingredients such as quinoa, herbs, and Parmesan cheese.
If you happen to find yourself at Miller Park during a Sunday home game, be sure to check out the “Salads” food cart located behind section 119 on the Field Level! Our participants will be selling their fresh, delicious salads starting this Sunday, August 5. They will also be available at home games on September 9 and September 16. We hope to see you at the ball park!