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