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.
As Rockport Exchange continues to focus on the importance of our local food network by preparing for the Rockport Farmers Market in uncertain times, we want to be sure to share with you what our hardworking market vendors are up to. Many of you know Justin and Jamie Chase (formerly of Arrowhead Farm and now of North of …
As we all stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have a little more time to reflect on where we get our food. The supply chain for food in this country (and in most of the developed world) has an extensive reach, as we all know. While this provides a fantastic array of …
Due to Gov. Charlie Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency in regard to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, the Rockport Board of Health has requested that all non-essential gatherings be suspended. A Board of Health meeting was held on March 10th, and members made the specific recommendation that Rockport Exchange not hold the …
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
“[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. ”