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



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 lobster, chowder, pastries, grass-fed beef, wood-fired pizza, 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, indie rock, cooking demos, a farm expo, and plenty of activities for families.

Interested in volunteering at Harvestfest? General festival signups HERE  and zero waste initiative signups  HERE . Continue reading “Harvestfest”

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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Zero Waste Initiative

A lot of Food means a lot of Trash

Thousands of visitors come to Rockport for Harvestfest to enjoy the best of the season’s bounty provided by local food producers and growers. We all have a great time, but we all also generate a lot of trash.

A huge thanks goes to the Rockport DPW (shout out to Chuck Osmond!) and to Sharon Kishida, MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator for the town of Rockport and 38 other communities. Sharon uses her technical and logistical skill to spearhead a comprehensive effort to turn Harvestfest into a zero waste event. This is a not inconsiderable challenge when the crowds of people and the differing materials used in food service are factored in. Yet Sharon, along with her team of volunteers, pull it off with good grace. Each year the team learns how to refine the process of efficiently reducing the byproduct of having such a good time at Harvestfest.

We’re excited to announce that Seaside Sustainability‘s Eric Magers and local realtor Paul Franklin are joining Sharon this year as part of the 2017 crack ZWI team!

To join the efforts of Sharon, Eric, and Paul and volunteer for this year’s Harvestfest Zero Waste Initiative, click HERE. We’d love to have you on board as part of the Zero Waste Initiative! Continue reading “Zero Waste Initiative”