La Jolla Open Aire Market marks 14th year with Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 28

La Jolla Open Aire Market is held every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Girard Avenue and Genter Street in La Jolla. (Courtesy Photo)

La Jolla Open Aire Market, a certified farmers market, will mark its 14th anniversary with a Harvest Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at La Jolla Elementary School, upper playground, Girard Avenue and Genter Street.

Shoppers are invited to come in costume and there will be music, a balloon artist, cakewalk, carnival games, arts and crafts and prizes.

Shoppers can also choose from the wares of California’s finest farms and ranches, which bring a variety of fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs to La Jolla. In total, there are 36 certified farms that participate weekly.

In addition, the market offers an extensive food court with a range of prepared and grocery food options. The market also highlights the creative work of many local artisans and is a great place to shop for gifts for yourself or a friend.

Each week a local musician performs at the market. The third Sunday of each month is family fun day, with activities for the youngest shoppers to enjoy.  All vendors are small-business people so shopping the market supports the local economy.

The La Jolla Open Aire Market is different from other farmers markets in that all proceeds benefit La Jolla Elementary. The market was originally started as a fundraiser to help LJES pay for a library and a librarian.

Not only has it reached and surpassed its original goal, but the proceeds fund initiatives enjoyed by all children at LJES, including school improvements, a librarian and school nurse, extra teachers for smaller class sizes in grades four and five, and programs like art, music and technology, along with instructional supplies.

Not only does the market support the children of LJES, but it has also become a vibrant weekly event and gathering place for the whole community.

La Jolla Open Aire Market

• When: Every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Corner of Girard Avenue and Genter Street in La Jolla



Visitors to the La Jolla Open Aire Market held every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, can choose fresh products from 36 local farms and ranches, including fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. There is also an extensive food court, work by local artisans, and performances by local musicians. The third Sunday of each month is family fun day, with activities for kids. (Courtesy Photo)

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