Of all the interesting characters we’ve come across at the La Jolla Open Aire Farmer’s Market, held every Sunday at La Jolla Elementary School, two take the organic cake.Joe Barnett and George Petrou — vendors of jewelry and olive oil, respectively — are both lively conversationalists who enjoy telling stories to their customers and engaging them in friendly debates.If turned into movies — and they should be — some of these stories might seem difficult to believe. But we looked into them, and a surprising number of facts check out.
The human metal detector
When Joe Barnett hunts treasure, he doesn’t need a metal detector. He is...