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

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A través de videollamadas, nuestros miembros del Mercado han empezado a trabajar con Laura Mejía, business coach de Rising Tide Capital, y diseñadora gráfica de Visual Communication Concepts para desarrollar su propia marca en el Mercado. ¡Agradecemos a Laura y a nuestros fieles miembros del Mercado por su tiempo y dedicación en este proyecto!
Por favor mantente conectado para que veas el trabajo de ellos aquí, y no olvides de quedarte en casa si es posible!
Through video calls, our Mercado members have started working with Laura Mejía, the business coach of Rising Tide Capital and graphic designer of Visual Communication Concepts to develop their own brand in the Mercado. We thank Laura and our loyal Mercado members for their time and dedication in this project!
Please stay connected so you can see their work here, and don't forget to stay home if possible!
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2 weeks ago

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Queridos amigos, debido a la situación actual con COVID-19, nos entristece anunciar la cancelación de nuestro primer Mercado de la temporada, que estaba programada para el 19 de abril del 2020. Reconocemos que este momento es muy crítico y nuestra prioridad es asegurarnos de que el Mercado Esperanza sea un evento comunitario seguro y acogedor para todos. Sin embargo, le invitamos a mantenerse conectado para saber de nuestra nueva fecha, una vez que la situación haya mejorado. Por favor, quédese en casa y ayúdenos a seguir las recomendaciones de abajo.
Dear friends, due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are sad to announce the cancellation of our first Mercado of the season, which was scheduled for April 19, 2020. We recognize that this moment is very critical and our priority is to make sure that the Mercado Esperanza is a safe and welcoming community event for all. However, we invite you to stay connected to find out of our new date, once the situation has been improved. Please stay at home and help us follow the recommendations below.
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1 month ago

Mercado Esperanza

Chef y vendedora del Mercado Esperanza, Lisandra Cruz - Lissi, más conocida como Chef Cruz, preparó una sabrosa comida para el reciente “Staff Day” o “Día del Personal” de New Brunswick Tomorrow. El personal de NBT disfrutó de los exquisitos sabores de pimientos rellenos con verduras, pollo horneado en salsa criolla, Arroz con gandules y plátanos maduros, que se pueden ver en la imagen de abajo. Con precios asequibles y deliciosa comida, no es de extrañar que el Mercado Esperanza anticipe su regreso esta primavera.

Chef and Mercado Esperanza vendor, Lisandra Cruz, better known as Chef Cruz, prepared a tasty meal for New Brunswick Tomorrow's recent Staff Day. The NBT staff enjoyed the exquisite flavors of Vegetable-Stuffed Peppers, Chicken baked in Creole sauce, Arroz con Gandules (Rice and Peas) and Maduros (Sweet Fried Plantains), which you can see pictured below. With affordable pricing and delicious food, it’s no wonder the Mercado Esperanza anticipates her return this spring.
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Hace unos días, algunos de nuestros miembros del Mercado fueron parte de un taller para aprender a como crecer su marca. ¡Estamos orgullosos de cada uno de ellos por darse la oportunidad de seguir creciendo como emprendedores!

A few days ago, some of our Mercado members were part of a workshop to learn how to grow their brand. We are proud of each of them for giving themselves the opportunity to continue to grow as entrepreneurs!
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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