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



Important News about the March 14th Rockport Winter Farmers Market

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 …


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


$60,000 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.

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


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. ”

–Lisa Griffiths, proprietor of that Nutty redhead

Photo: Edible Boston