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.
Hope to see you at the Rockport Farmers Market this summer, where local food producers and growers are gathering every Saturday morning from 9am-1pm. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to support local food besides! New vendors this year include Gloucester’s Finest Seafood, Rockport Public Schools’ Green Team, and Halvah Heaven.
We are also happy to have our long-term partnering vendors with us, offering smoked fish, fresh produce, locally-produced beef and poultry, breads, cookies, granola, pastries and so much more!
See you down at the market, and thanks for your support!
[photos: Melanie Waddell]
At Saturday’s Rockport Winter Farmers Market (February 20th from 9am to 1pm at the Rockport Community House), patrons who spend $50 or more will receive a Rockport Farmers Market tote: a high-quality screenprinted reversible fabric bag with inside pocket – perfect for carrying all your delicious farmers’ market goods.
Pick up a “farmers’ market patron” card at the Rockport Exchange booth at the market and vendors will check off each $10 increment you spend. If you spend $50 at tomorrow’s market, simply present your card back at the Rockport Exchange booth for redemption at the end of your Rockport Farmers Market visit.
Enjoy fresh, local food and support the work of local food producers, PLUS get a handy tote in the process: a winning situation!
Just a few days away now…
Fresh locally-grown produce and much more at the Rockport Winter Farmers Market! Thanks so much for supporting your local food producers. Look for the following vendors this weekend — and keep your eyes peeled for news about a few fun giveaways at Saturday’s market as a thank you for your support.
The Rockport Winter Farmers Market takes place at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. See you there!
Rockport Winter Farmers Market
Arrowhead Family Farm
First Light Farm
The Yellow Plum
All Fruits, Inc
Ma & Pa’s Pickles
The Soup Guy
Valverde Coffee Roasters