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


What We Do

Rockport Exchange originates and sustains community initiatives, programs and events.

Our initiatives focus on small batch food producers, farmers, artists, and education surrounding issues of food and the arts. We also seek to shore up regional culture by working with local institutions, with partners ranging from a historic working farm to our local elementary school. Our past and current initiatives include a local food festival, a year-round farmers market, interactive arts festival, a food forum, a short film festival, and more.

Rockport Farmers Market

2017 Summer Market

Dates & Time: Saturdays from June 17th – October 14th, 2017 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.

Find Out More!

Stay in touch on Facebook, Twitter, or on Instagram or through our regular email updates to find out what is available at Rockport’s weekly market.

Participation & Vendor Information

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 2017 Summer Market.

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2017 Festival Information 

October 14, 2017 from 10am to 5pm
T-Wharf and throughout downtown Rockport, Massachusetts

About the festival

The annual Rockport Harvestfest celebration features the best regional bounty of the season — all in an unbeatable setting.

New England food producers gather under a giant tent on one of Rockport’s historic working wharves to celebrate the best of local food with fresh seafood, pastries, cider doughnuts, chowder, small-batch jams, locally-grown produce and more.

Local craft beers and wine produced in Massachusetts are on hand, along with Rockport’s own Twin Lights, with soda crafted from the 120-year-old company’s original recipes. Cooking demonstrations take place throughout the day, the highlight of which is the Seafood Throwdown, a competition-style showcase between two chefs, demonstrating the versatility of fish, coastal New England’s most significant harvest.

Harvestfest features plenty of live bluegrass, jazz, folk and Celtic music, cooking demos, a farm expo, and plenty of activities for families, including the annual Scarecrow Stroll, where artistic, creative, and generally fascinating scarecrows can be found throughout downtown. Several Rockport inns, shops, restaurants and galleries offer Harvestfest specials and packages.

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