Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is serving up some scrumptious garden fun for the third year in a row in the Chipotle Edible Garden.
The Chipotle Edible Garden will feature an array of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and flowers. All plants are grown from seed, and every plant in the garden has at least one edible part. It is an exhibit for visitors of all ages designed to teach about planting and preparing foods that can be grown at home. The Como gardening staff hopes that the exhibit will give visitors an appreciation for how easy it is to grow a large variety of plants in Minnesota.
The exhibit will run through September 29. Trained staff and volunteers will be onsite 10am – 6pm to answer guests questions. At 12:00pm daily, the Conservatory gardening staff will give gardener talks about growing techniques, ways to harvest and prepare food from your garden, natural pest control, and creative edible landscape design. The garden display covers more than 8,000 square feet and is south of the Visitor Center.
Last year, the Chipotle Edible Garden harvested 509 pounds of produce to feed Como Zoo animals, and provided 1,009 pounds of fresh veggies to Saint Paul Recreation Centers.
Chipotle will be onsite the third Monday of every month throughout the summer (June 17, July 15, August 19) showing families how to make fresh guacamole and other great recipes right out of their gardens.
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues tooffer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,450 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.
Here is a video of LAST YEAR’S Garden