As we all stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have a little more time to reflect on where we get our food. The supply chain for food in this country (and in most of the developed world) has an extensive reach, as we all know. While this provides a fantastic array of olive oils and a chance to eat naan bread actually made in India (thank you Trader Joes!), it also means that we have an unprecedented reliance on unknown manufacturers and growers for our day-to-day staples.
Local farmers and food producers, like every other small business owner, will be struggling through this national shutdown. Please consider buying directly from small growers and food producers as you source food for your family during this difficult time. Most food producers are willing to ship or deliver or arrange a way to connect (with the proper precautions taken for sanitization and social distancing of course!) in order for you to get food from a trusted source AND support a foundational part of our society — the people who make, grow, and produce our food.
Over the next few posts we will be sharing resources and contact information for our farmers’ market vendors as well as other local food resources.
For now we are sharing a very local food source to Rockport: Seaview Farm on 38 South Street. Seaview Farm offers a great selection of local meat, eggs, and this weekend: fresh spinach! Check them out at www.seaviewfarmrockport.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SeaviewFarm/
Take care during this difficult time, and we look forward to seeing you out and about in our wonderful community when the time comes. Reach out at any time to tell us your story of local food and local resilience — we would love to share it.
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 upcoming Winter Farmers’ Market on March 14th to avoid the prospect of a large concentration of people gathering in close proximity at this time.
While it is disappointing to cancel the March 14th market, Rockport Exchange appreciates the prudence of the Rockport Board of Selectmen and the Rockport Board of Health in considering the welfare of our entire community.
We look forward to our summer markets, starting in June, where growers and makers and patrons of local food will come together at the Rockport Farmers Market.
Thank you for your ongoing support and again, a special thanks to to the Smith family of Crackerjacks-Whistlestop Market and Smith Ace Hardware & Lumber for graciously being willing to provide the venue for the Rockport Winter Farmers Market.
Thanks for coming to our February Rockport Winter Farmers Market! Your support of our vendors makes it possible to hold a farmers’ market in the winter. It was great to come out on a February day and see friends and neighbors and, of course, our growers and producers of local food. Hope to see you at the next one (read on for details)!
We are gearing up for our next Winter Farmers Market on Saturday, March 14th from 10a-2p at 17 Railroad Ave in the old Smith Lumber building. Special thanks to the Smith family of Crackerjacks-Whistlestop Market and Smith Ace Hardware & Lumber for providing the venue for the Rockport Winter Farmers Market! — with SymbioticJuice, LLC, Beckah’s Bangin’ Butter, Eclectic Clam, Scrub It LLC, Halvah Heaven, North of Boston, Seaview Farm and Farm Stand, Dancing Daisy Cookie Company, Crêpe du Jour, Lauralee’s Country Kitchen and Lattof Farmhouse Kitchen.