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.
Holiday Makers Food Market
Makers Food Market
Rockport Exchange is excited to be a part of the Rockport Makers Festival through our Makers Food Market! The Makers Food Market will showcase food producers and makers who will have a range of tasty food on offer —all of it packaged and ready to give as gifts.
Give the gift of yum this holiday season and stop by the Makers Food Market while enjoying the Rockport Makers Festival!
Thank you for your support for a fantastic Harvestfest on Saturday, October 19th! It was a great day filled with beautiful weather, tasty local food & drink, and meeting up with friends old & new in the most beautiful coastal town in New England (not that we’re biased or anything).
Do you value the work of the nonprofit Rockport Exchange? Would you like to be a part of our efforts? We are looking for a community-minded, freelance independent contractor who can help the volunteers of Rockport Exchange fulfill the mission of the organization. For more information, read the Programming Manager description HERE.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
$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.
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. ”