We wanted to pop out a quick note to thank all of the volunteers that have put in a lot of effort over the last few months!
The picture below is one of our youngest volunteers helping with putting in plants into the ground to make the front of the Co-op more inviting in the summer!
We also need to give a big shout out to everyone that helped with the walkin cooler floor project. We succeeded in getting the floor installed and the cooler back up and operational in 36 hours. Thank you to the volunteers, who coordinated it, helped clean, and helped move items back and forth! We also want to thank our generous landlord for financing the project!
And prior to the new items list we also wanted to let you know that Night Moves will be offline for the month of June as they move locations and that Tortilleria Pachanga will be offline for two weeks as the upgrade their stove. This may mean we have shortages of Union Bagel as well because they come on the same run. If anyone has any questions please feel free to reach out to us
And now on to the new items list;
Woodstock Frozen Okra (Non-GMO, returning item)
Farmhouse Coffee Baxter Black and Tan (Org, Winterport)
Bulk Barilla Campanelle Pasta (Non-GMO)
Postage stamps (Ask at the register)
Colmaia Sangiovese (Organic, Italy)
Ponte Vinho Verde Rose (Portugal)
Bulk Maine Maple Sugar Candy
American Health Super Papaya Enzyme
Wellness Turkey & Sweet Potato Dog food (Member Request)
We’ve received quite a few inquiries in the past week regarding what May the 24th will bring regarding our in store mask requirement. After much discussion between the board and management we have decided to continue to require all individuals who enter the Co-op to wear a face covering. This is for a myriad of reasons including but not limited to the following metrics/reasons;
Health and safety concerns for staff/volunteers and customers
Waldo County Case Rates/State Case Rates
Waldo County Vaccination Rates/State Vaccination Rates
The pitfalls of requiring/inquiring about vaccination status of employees and volunteers(OSHA and EEOC guidelines)
The comfort level/opinions of those individuals who staff/work inside the Co-op on a regular basis (Consensus decision-making)
We very much would like to remove our masking requirement at some point in the future and the board and management is currently reviewing metrics to determine what data might constitute a reasonable time to remove our requirement. We will send out a notice to our social media and website to ensure that everyone has the correct information should anything change.
If you have questions or concerns about this statement please send any/all correspondence to email@example.com where it will be forwarded to the board and management for review. We ask that everyone respect this decision and be polite and kind with our staff and volunteers.
MRC Board and Management
The Marsh River Cooperative is member owned and operated.
“The mission of the Marsh River Cooperative is to foster our local community and economy by offering affordable and high-quality goods that are responsibly sourced, and locally produced whenever possible, in a welcoming atmosphere that strengthens our community social fabric.”
It’s come to our attention that not everyone is familiar with the term “Walkin” so we just want to clarify that it is our large display cooler (Picture attached) which will be off line for a few days while we clean and redo the floor. This is an interesting reminder that we never have the same frame of reference as another individual and we should strive to clarify issues whenever possible. Thanks for everyone bearing with us as we finish this project.
Popping out a note to let you know of a few things going on at the Co-op.
Effective May 1st the Co-op will no longer be offering our online ordering system. We haven’t seen very many orders over the last few months and there is a lot of overhead time and costs to keep it going. We will continue to offer curbside pickup for phone orders so nothing will change with that program. We welcome your feedback if you’d like us to make any changes to our current setup. We hope in some small way this service was useful for folks while we had it going.
2. Starting Next Sunday April 25th we will temporarily be taking our walkin offline(thank you to Ralph’s for letting us use some of their walkin space). Thanks to our landlord we will be installing a new floor in the walkin which is much easier to clean than our current one. This requires us to take the walkin offline until Tuesday afternoon to let everything finish curing at room temperature. Since we’ll have it offline for a day or two we will also be doing a deep clean at the same time. This may limit some of our regular cooler items but we will do our best to maintain supplies for everyone (when in doubt just ask). We hope you bear with us while we finish the install and make everything spiffy again. Normal operations hopefully will be back by Wednesday. Thank you to everyone that is helping and/or will be helping on this project.
Well hopefully everything goes smoothly (Knock on wood) and we have it back up for you shortly.
Just popping out a quick note to spread the word from one of our local organizations!
Join us for this online event! Even though we are not able to gather for our traditional Rural Living Day this year, the Waldo County Extension Association is pleased to offer this opportunity to come together on Zoom. Please tell your friends and communities about this event and share it by email and on Facebook.
Rural Living Night, Tuesday, April 13th, 3:00-6:30 p.m.
3:00–4:30 pm: Grandmother’s Gift – Skomon (corn) Shiwa Noh, from Nibezun, will speak about what it means to plant the original Wabanaki varieties of corn to connect to the ancestors, to bring healing through the ceremonies, to bring sovereignty, and rediscover the ancestral way of preparing the corn. 5:00–6:30 pm: Browntail Moth and its Impacts in Maine Tom Schmeelk, from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will speak on about the Browntail Moth and its impacts in Maine including its history in Maine, biology, the current situation, management and mitigation strategies. Both of these presentations will be offered via zoom and include an opportunity for participants to engage with the speakers to ask questions.
For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact Viña Lindley at Waldo County Extension by email or by phone at 207.342.5971 at least seven days in advance. If requests are received after this date, we may not have sufficient time to make necessary arrangements.