About

Our name speaks to our mission: Rockport Exchange is a nonprofit community organization at the crossroads of ideas and production.

Through our programs we create opportunities for residents and visitors alike to come together and contribute to a forward-looking, vibrant community built on a clear appreciation of Rockport’s past.

Rockport Exchange develops and sustains programming that enhances a sense of place. We strengthen our community by focusing on local food, creative culture, and industry. We believe in building an infrastructure of culture that will have a lasting impact on generations to come.

 

Rockport Exchange

 

Rockport Farmers Market

2020 Rockport Winter Farmers Market

Dates: Saturday, February 8th & Saturday, March 14th from 10am to 2 pm. Presented by Rockport Exchange.

Market Location:  17 Railroad Avenue. (The old Smith Hardware building at Whistlestop Mall.)

Stay tuned for a list of vendors and more details!

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Volunteer

Volunteers make it possible for Rockport Exchange to engage in a range of projects, all designed to strengthen Rockport’s culture and industry.

Please consider joining our efforts, whether it be a few hours a year or a few hours a week. We look forward to having you be a part of the work of Rockport Exchange!

Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Fundraisers, Winter Farmers Market, & more (details to be announced)
  • May 16th, 2020: Motif No. 1 Day Festival
  • June 20th – October 10th, 2020: Rockport Farmers Market
  • October 17th, 2020: Rockport Harvestfest

To stay in touch: Sign up for our email newsletter to find out about ongoing volunteer opportunities, or email us at rockportexchange01966@gmail.com for more information.

Our Impact

arts

$60,000 paid directly to artists & performers: musicians, dancers, visual artists, and more over several festival cycles.

Culture

12  community partners engaged in collaborative art shows, farm-to-table gatherings, arts programming, and more.

20 weekends of outdoor programming a year, with the festival and farmers market creating a place for community connections in Rockport’s parks and public spaces.

20,000 estimated annual visitors & residents experiencing Rockport Exchange programming

food

22 farmers market vendors: farmers & producers bringing local, fresh food to a community without a grocery store.

800 average number of weekly patrons at the farmers market

Industry

6 local food business utilizing our events as a launch point. Food producers are able to test the market and incubate their businesses in a low-cost, customer-direct setting


“[Five] years ago in October we launched our brand That Nutty Redhead, a gluten-free, vegan, praline nut snack based on a family recipe, at Harvestfest. We built our business and did our test marketing within farmers’ markets. Now our product is sold throughout New England at Whole Foods, Crosby’s Roche Bros and more! We’re grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the Rockport Exchange events, which gave our business its start. ”

–Lisa Griffiths, proprietor of that Nutty redhead

Photo: Edible Boston