A monthly community market celebrating the food, arts and culture of New Brunswick and its diverse Latino community

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7 days ago

Mercado Esperanza

Aunque la temporada del Mercado haya terminado, nuestros vendedores siguen activos. Gracias a New Brunswick City Market algunos vendedores del Mercado Esperanza estarán vendiendo en la iluminación anual del árbol en New Brunswick. El evento se llevará a cabo este viernes, 6 de diciembre de 5:00PM-7:00PM en el Monument Square. De la misma manera, New Brunswick Tomorrow y el Mercado Esperanza estarán dando pruebas gratis de Champurrado y Ponche. ¡Acompañanos con tu familia para disfrutar de un ambiente navideño!

Even though the Mercado Esperanza season is over, our vendors are still active. Thanks to New Brunswick City Market some vendors of the Mercado Esperanza will be selling at the New Brunswick’s Annual Tree Lighting. The event will take place this Friday, December 6 from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Monument Square. Similarly, New Brunswick Tomorrow and the Mercado Esperanza will be providing free samples of Champurrado (Chocolate- based atole) and Ponche (Traditional Mexican Fruit Punch). Join us with your family to enjoy a Christmas atmosphere!
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4 weeks ago

Mercado Esperanza

¡Acompáñanos estas noche a la orientación con Rising Rising Tide Capital para que aprendas sobre la clase comunitaria de negocios! De 6pm-7:30pm en el salon de la Iglesia de San Jose!

Join us tonight with Rising Tide Capital to learn about the community business class! From 6pm-7:30pm at St. Joseph Church Hall!
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1 month ago

Mercado Esperanza

Thanks so much to DANIELA EVENTS for providing MERCADO ESPERANZA , with the backdrop for the community Altar to celebrate the Day of the Dead , muchas gracias a Daniela Events @Brenda Nava , por proveer el Backdrop(Decoración de fondo) para nuestro Altar comunitario de Dia de Muertos. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Mercado Esperanza

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Visit Mercado Esperanza

The Mercado Esperanza is a showcase for local New Brunswick vendors and a fun family event in the style of a Latin American plaza. Come visit us to taste, see, and hear New Brunswick’s diverse Latino culture!

Our market events at Joyce Kilmer Park feature local food and craft vendors, entertainers, musicians, artists, and more! The Mercado is a place of community and has something for everyone. The Mercado runs monthly from spring to fall on Sunday afternoons (see upcoming events for more details). There is parking available both at Joyce Kilmer Park and on surrounding streets nearby.

Know that when you shop at a Mercado event, your purchases directly support local micro-enterprises, with 100% of the profits going to our vendors.

Whether you are visiting our community for the first time or have been a longtime resident, we look forward to welcoming you at the Mercado Esperanza!

Our Vendors

Do you want to vend at our next Mercado?

The Mercado Esperanza supports local, emerging entrepreneurs who want to generate income as they share their talents and products with the community. Our main sales opportunity is our monthly Mercado from April through October, but regular vendors may also have access to additional sales opportunities throughout the year.

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About the Mercado

The Mercado Esperanza is a community-led initiative sponsored by Elijah’s Promise, New Brunswick Tomorrow, and coLAB Arts. Building on previous work in the areas of healthy food access, neighborhood development, and creative placemaking, the three partners embarked on a planning process in 2016 – with support from the Kresge Foundation’s FreshLo initiative – to determine how to integrate and scale up these efforts for greater community impact.

The Mercado Esperanza was born in late 2017 after a year of planning and dialogue with local residents and other stakeholders, and embarked on the first full season in 2018. Along the way, the Friends of the Mercado group was created with resident leaders from New Brunswick Tomorrow’s Esperanza Neighborhood Project to act as a project steering committee. They, together with our core vendors group, continue to give direction to the project and work alongside organizational staff to continually make our collective vision of the Mercado Esperanza a reality: a vibrant community gathering place, a springboard for local entrepreneurial success, and a creative cultural celebration.

Thank you to Our Partners & Sponsors