Eat Fresh at San Diego’s Coastal Farmers Markets

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Nothing beats fresh produce and meals made from scratch. Luckily, San Diego is home to several different farmers markets that occur at different times all throughout the week; and of course, La Jolla boasts its own addition. Bring your reusable grocery bags and load up on locally grown fruits and veggies or try some freshly cooked fare. They’re great places to buy fresh flowers and unique foods that aren’t always available at standard grocery stores; plus, everything is completely fresh!  Continue reading

La Jolla Open Aire Market Harvest Festival 2015

la jolla open aire marketThe beloved La Jolla Open Aire Market is celebrating its 17-year anniversary with the return of the annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 25! Come decked out in your Halloween costume and bring the whole family for some outdoor fun and delicious treats. Continue reading

La Jolla Open Aire Market Harvest Festival

la jolla open aire market harvest festivalThe La Jolla Open Aire Market is celebrating its sweet sixteen with their annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 26. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and bring the whole family for a day of fun and games!

The Harvest Festival will be from 10am – 1pm and will include a ton of family-friendly activities: potato sack races, mini pumpkin decorating, soccer and other games, dancing, music, and a whole host of prizes. Plus, if you can guess the weight of the giant pumpkin at the festival, you get to take it home!

The La Jolla Open Aire Market is located at the upper playground of La Jolla Elementary School (corner of Girard St. and Genter Ave) in La Jolla. The Market is a weekly, ongoing event that occurs every Sunday and offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, cut flowers, and more. Participating vendors vary, but usually include farms like Suzie’s Farm, Morning Star Ranch, Carlsbad Strawberry Co., and food vendors like Cucina Caprese, Puesto Mexican Street Food, The Cheese Store, Sugar & Scribe Bakery, and tons more.

A Weekly Visit To The La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market

The La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market has been a weekly tradition since 1998. The farmers market was started by Sherry Ahern. It started as a way to raise money for a new school library and librarian. Originally with only 14 farmers and one artisan, the market has since grown into a vibrant and bustling weekly community staple. Residents, families, and tourists alike all enjoy taking a break on Sundays to have fun and eat delicious fare. Whether you’re in need of flowers or just want to listen to live music and eat breakfast, the farmers market has it all. This past weekend, we went to the farmers market in hopes of capturing our visit and sharing it with you all. Here are some of the highlights of our visit. Hopefully we’ll hear what yours are too.

Our visit to the farmers market started with a walk through the main entrance.

We passed a live musician playing acoustic songs, entertaining children and families on the large lawn. There are bands and musicians playing live music every week at the farmers market. My first visit was to the Crepes Up! booth. Easily recognizable with their large red tent, this vendor has been a popular spot for years. I ordered the Chicken Pesto Panini that was grilled to perfection with cheese, avocado, spinach, and tomatoes. It was a perfect way to start my Sunday morning! Other great menu items are their sweet & savory selections of crepes and freshly squeezed fruit punch.

Next, we made our way to the large and robust food court located underneath the blue pavilion.

With a huge selection, there is something for everyone to try! From greek faire to empanadas, almost every cuisine imaginable has a presence here. My father had his weekly filling of Belindas Cocina. Known for her outstanding Mexican food, Belinda serves up delicious dishes and flavors that change weekly. She made us a special sampling plate filled with chipotle chicken, chorizo & eggs, guacamole, and freshly made tortillas. To wash down this delicious food we visited the Lemongrass Barbeque for a mixture of their homemade watermelon juice and hand squeezed mango refresher.

We then walked off our filling meals by touring the market and visiting our favorite booths.

We picked up fresh yellow peaches, ripe vine tomatoes, and a tub of flavored almond sauce also known as Bitchin sauce. For a lighter dessert, I ordered a watermelon and mango fruit cup sprinkled with salt, pico de gallo, and lime. Perfect for any summer day! After that we listened to live music on the grass while watching the children run around and dance.

Like always, we’ll be back next Sunday for another relaxing morning. Now that we’ve shared some of our favorite things to do at the farmers market, we want to hear about yours! Leave a comment below telling us your favorite vendors at the market.

Harvest Festival | La Jolla Open Aire Market

La Jolla Open Aire Market

The La Jolla Open Aire Market is celebrating their 14th anniversary this month with a Harvest Festival! Dress in your Halloween costume and join the fun with live Music, prizes,and Carnival Games. There will also be arts and crafts, balloon artist, a Cake Walk and much more! Fun for the entire family!

The festival is this Sunday, October 28 from 9:00am-1:00pm. The La Jolla Open Aire Market is located at the La Jolla Elementary School corner of Girard St. and Genter Ave., La Jolla, California 92037. For more information please visit their Facebook page.