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

Upcoming Events

Nov 22
Mercado Institute
12:00 pm - 4:30 pmDetails
Dec 06
Mercado Institute
12:00 pm - 4:30 pmDetails
Dec 20
Mercado Institute
12:00 pm - 4:30 pmDetails

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2 weeks ago

Mercado Esperanza

Nuestros vendedores Jhoana Mancilla y Sabas Chef de Mozzarella Cucina Italiana, Gaudencio G Ferrer Martinez de Tepache's Products y Angelica Osorio con sus chocomiles compartirán sus productos mañana / el lunes a partir de las 5pm en el evento en el parque de la French. ¡Pasa por el parque para disfrutar con toda la familia!

Our Mercado vendors Jhoana Mancilla and Sabas Chef of Mozzarella Cucina Italiana, Gaudencio G Ferrer Martinez with his tepache, and Angelica Osorio with her Mexican chocolate milks will be sharing their products tomorrow/Monday starting at 5pm in War Memorial Park on French Street. Stop by with the whole family to enjoy!
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3 weeks ago

Mercado Esperanza

¡La registración para el instituto de verano de coLAB Arts está abierta! ¿Ya te registraste?

Para más información visita: colab-arts.org/summerinstituteregistration2021

Registration for the coLAB Arts summer institute is open!
Have you registered?

For more information visit: colab-arts.org/summerinstituteregistration2021
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1 month ago

Mercado Esperanza

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 📣 : Click the video below 👇🎬

For more information about coLAB Arts Summer Institute, please follow this link: colab-arts.org/summerinstitute2021
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1 month ago

Mercado Esperanza

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Para más información sobre el instituto de verano, visita: colab-arts.org/summerinstitute2021
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1 month ago

Mercado Esperanza

¿Sabías que el Mercado Esperanza es parte de New Brunswick Tomorrow(NBT)?

NBT es una organización sin fines de lucro que ha estado trabajando durante 45 años para "Mover a la gente hacia adelante" en New Brunswick, New Jersey. Esta noche NBT tendrá un evento virtual, "Celebrando los sabores de New Brunswick." En el evento podrás conocer a los residentes con los que NBT trabaja, y en especial algunos residentes que han participado en el Mercado Esperanza. De la misma manera, escucharás de los diferente programas que la organización ofrece para ayudar a mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas en New Brunswick.

Conéctate esta noche, a las 6:00pm para aprender sobre NBT y disfrutar un momento inolvidable.

Para ver el evento, haz click a este enlace: bit.ly/3tv1bsS
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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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Mark Stephenson

Meet Mark Stephenson, who has participated in the Mercado since its launch in October 2017, bringing to the Mercado delicious burgers, hot dogs, and tropical drinks. To distinguish himself from the rest, Mark brings "Dog" an inflatable Hot Dog to use as his mascot throughout the Mercado season. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Mark [...]

Angelica Osorio

"My greatest satisfaction is providing good customer service." Angelica Osorio has participated in the Mercado since April 2019. She prepares chocomiles, a well known snack among the Mercado community and in fairs throughout Mexico. With the help of her grandmother and father, 11-year-old Angelica, began selling chocomiles at festivals in Mexico in reformed Putla, Oaxaca [...]

Lisandra Cruz

Lisandra Cruz, also known as Chef Cruz, established her brand "Sabor Taíno” in July 2018, indicating a mixture of the authentic flavor of the Taínos of Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The name came out of a desire to preserve the combination of cultures and the inclusion of Creole dishes alongside more modern food. With that [...]

Sara Vidal

Meet Sara Vidal or better known as "the queen of the elotes." Since the launch of the Mercado, Sara began by selling elotes. As a result, people came to expect them and often asked for them, later also craving esquites. Due to their popularity, Sara decided to continue selling her elotes and esquites at the [...]

Olga & Teresa Fernandez

Teresa and Olga Fernández, known as the Fernandez Sisters began to participate in the Mercado in May 2018. Since then, they have worked together sharing with us their delicious quesadillas and fresh waters, and very recently tortas (Mexican sandwiches). Mercado after Mercado we always notice the work and effort of the Fernandez sisters and we [...]

Abigail Bernardino

Meet Abigail Bernardino, who has participated in the Mercado since May 2019 with her brothers Felipe de Jesús and Ricardo Bernardino. Since the beginning of the Mercado, Abigail has been sharing various Mexican delicacies including tacos de carne asada (grilled beef tacos) and tacos al pastor (marinated pork in red mild sauce with pineapple). Born [...]

Jhoana Mancilla & Manuel Sabas

Meet Jhoana Mancilla and Manuel Sabas. They have participated in the Mercado since June 2018. From the beginning, they started selling Tacos Placeros because they wanted to bring that tradition from their hometown of Puebla. Similar to a regular taco, the Tacos Placeros are made from handmade tortillas, with choice of meat, beef, pork, chicken, [...]

Gaudencio Ferrer

Almost everyone is familiar with at least some  traditional and artisanal Mexican food but have you tried a Tepache? Meet Gaudencio Ferrer, who since May 2019 has been sharing this craft drink at the Mercado. The Tepache drink comes from Nahuatl Tepatli, which means “corn drink.” This artisanal drink, of pre-hispanic origin, is obtained through [...]


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.

The Mercado Institute: Art. Food. Community.

Mercado Institute is a project of Mercado Esperanza bringing art and food directly to your home. This project was developed through the Mercado Esperanza, a partnership between coLAB Arts, Elijah’s Promise and New Brunswick tomorrow fostering food entrepreneurship and creative placemaking in the Esperanza Neighborhood.

What is the Institute?

1) Student Art Workshops
Any families who have middle, high school, or college aged students in their household can register them for the arts distribution and workshop program. Participating students will receive weekly deliveries of art supplies and a schedule of online live tutorials on how to create projects that speak to the energy, diversity, challenges, and hopes of the Mercado Esperanza community.

2) Meal Distribution
Families can register all household members to receive one weekly meal. Meals will be provided on Sunday afternoons. Participating vendors from the Mercado Esperanza will create these meals to be shared with our community, free of charge.

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Thank you to Our Partners & Sponsors