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

Upcoming Events

Sep 29
Mercado Esperanza
12:00 pm - 6:00 pmDetails
Oct 27
Mercado Esperanza
12:00 pm - 6:00 pmDetails

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4 days ago

Mercado Esperanza

¿Hola te perdiste la última orientación con Rising Tide Capital para que aprendas sobre la clase comunitaria de negocios? No es muy tarde! Acompáñanos el miércoles 28 de agosto de 6pm-7:30pm en Unity Square.

*Recuerda las clases comienzan en Septiembre.
Muchas personas ya han participado ¡Usted puede ser el próximo y llevar su idea de negocio a otro nivel!

Hi, did you miss the last orientation with Rising Tide Capital to learn about community business class? It's not too late! Join us on Wednesday, August 28 from 6pm-7:30pm in Unity Square.

*Remember classes start on September.
Many people have already participated. You can be next and take your business idea to another level!
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5 days ago

Mercado Esperanza

Ahora tenemos un descanso de 5 semanas hasta el próximo Mercado Esperanza ... ¡marquen sus calendarios para el 29 de septiembre! Solo quedan dos mercados más esta temporada, ¡no te los pierdas!

We now have a 5-week break until the next Mercado Esperanza... mark your calendars for September 29! Just two more Mercados left this season, don't miss them!
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1 week ago

Mercado Esperanza

Estamos muy emocionados y orgullosos de anunciar que Mercado Esperanza aparece en la nueva campaña promocional del Middlesex County NJ, "Donde la colaboración se convierte en realidad". ¡Mira el nuevo video!

We are very excited and proud to announce that Mercado Esperanza is being featured in the new Middlesex County NJ advertising campaign, "Where Collaboration Becomes Reality." Watch the new video now!

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2 weeks ago

Mercado Esperanza

¡Te esperamos en el Mercado Esperanza en el parque Joyce Kilmer el domingo 11 de agosto de 12:00 a 6:00 pm!

We’ll be waiting for you at the Mercado Esperanza in Joyce Kilmer Park on Sunday August 11 from 12 to 6pm!
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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