building community through food, culture, & industry
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.
Keep up with us (be forewarned: it is exhausting) by receiving our weekly newsletter full of the latest programming information, volunteer opportunities, and a list of the patrons who make it all possible.
Rockport Farmers Market
2018 Summer Market
Dates & Time: Saturdays from June 23rd – October 13th, 2018 from 9am to 1pm.
Market Location: Harvey Park in front of the First Baptist Church of Rockport at the corner of Mt. Pleasant and Broadway.
The Rockport Farmers Market is a juried food market. Vendors must grow or make their own food product. Crafts and/or non-food products will not be considered at this time. Application for the 2018 Summer Market.
$45,000 paid directly to artists & performers: musicians, dancers, visual artists, and more over several festival cycles.
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.
10,000 estimated annual visitors at our two annual festivals.
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
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
“Three 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. ”