One of the many perks of living in San Diego is having year-round access to a bounty of local fruits and vegetables. So it’s no surprise that on any given day you can can stumble upon a market that’s bustling with farmers and local artisans peddling their freshly-picked or home-made goods. You may be thinking this this sounds great for the lucky ones who can leisurely roll out of bed and stroll down to the farmers market with their reusable tote slung over their shoulder. But not so amazing for a young family with an overly-energetic toddler and a double-wide stroller. But think again! Click through the slideshow for the most kid-friendly farmers markets in San Diego the entire family will enjoy.
La Jolla Farmers Market
You know a farmers market is going to be kid-friendly when all of its proceeds go to benefit the neighborhood elementary school. That's just the case with La Jolla's Open Aire Market. The market was originally started by a former mom from La Jolla Elementary School and a community activist in 1998 in order to help fund a library for the elementary school and has since grew into a vibrant weekly community event, now with more than 150 vendors. Every Sunday, the upper playground at La Jolla Elementary is transformed into a colorful, friendly and wholesome farmers market with live music, creative artisans, diverse food court, and local fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. When the kiddos need a break from scooping up berries and taste-testing melons, they can run and play on grass fields.
Insider's Tip: In addition to live music every Sunday, there are free family activities every third Sunday (unless noted) from September through May.
La Jolla Elementary School (upper playground)
Corner of Girard Avenue and Genter Street
La Jolla, CA
Photo: La Jolla Village Open Aire Market
Did we miss any of your favorite kid-friendly farmer’s markets? If so, please let us know in the comments.
— Aimee Della Bitta