Masks Required for Entry, Effective Immeadiatly

Dear Members and Customers,

Due to a significant increase in case counts in our region as well as confirmation of a local outbreak right here in Brooks our revised mask policy will be going into effect immediately. We apologize for any confusion that this might cause but we must protect our staff/volunteers and customers. We thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.


Marsh River Cooperative Board and Management

Updated Mask Requirements for the MRC 10/16/2020

To our valued members and customers;

Effective November 1st the Marsh River Cooperative will no longer be allowing entry for those who are unable/unwilling to wear facial coverings. This timeline may need to be revised as new information becomes available so please monitor our social media if you have any questions. This is due to a various array of reasons including but not limited to;

  1. As we get colder we will no longer be able to keep our doors open to have significant ventilation and air exchange.
  2. Recent updates in CDC guidance regarding aerosol transmission as a potential risk factor for COVID19 transmission. 

We very much wish to continue serving all of the general public and will continue to offer online ordering as well as disposable face masks at the front door free of charge. We may also be able to provide face shields in the near future.

We understand that there may be some that disagree with this decision but we must place the safety and wellness of our staff/volunteers (some of whom are in risk groups) and our customers as our utmost priority. We want them to remain healthy and safe so that the Co-op can continue to serve the community. 

We will be asking for 100% compliance with this policy and those individuals who violate the policy or give our staff/volunteers any trouble regarding it will be asked to leave the Co-op and not return until this policy is lifted. 

We want to thank everyone in advance for their cooperation in making sure that the Co-op stays open and viable. 


Marsh River Cooperative Board and Management

Board Members Needed!

Board members needed! Without an influx of new members, the board will be down to a bare quorum, with only 5 out of 9 seats filled.  The election is in November. Please consider becoming a board member and encouraging other community members to do so as well.

The board meets once a month (virtually these days) and helps with the smooth running of the co-op. If you appreciate the co-op and want to keep it alive in our community, please read the attached documents and see if this type of volunteering is right for you and/or contact
Kim @ 722-3139, or ask for more info at the coop! Hope to see some of you on the board soon!

Board Expectations
MRC Needs You!
MRC Areas of Attention

New Items 09/23/2020

Hey Everyone,

Been a bit since we put out a post with the new items in the Co-op so we thought we’d do on this afternoon. Been a bit quieter today, folks must be out enjoying the wonderful weather before it gets chilly again!

Now on to the list and as always please let us know if there is something you’d like to see on the shelves. We’ll do our best to find it for you!

  1. First up is a new coffee roaster that has been added to our shelves (you can never have enough coffee). We’d like to welcome 44 North, out of Deer Isle, to our shelves with the following roasts. Royal Tar, Sumatra, Columbia and Honduras Decaf.
  2. Second we’d like to welcome Flywheel Flowers, right here in Brooks, back into the store with some dried flower arrangements.
  3. We also have the 20201 Calendars available from Kim Jacobs one of our local artists.
  4. Ohsawa Mirin, Org (Haven’t been able to get the Eden so we’re trying this one)
  5. Nubik Clover Honey 18oz, Maine
  6. Manischewitz Crackers, Org, Customer Request
  7. Now Pumpkin Seed Suppliment, Customer Request
  8. Huy Fong Sambal Oelek
  9. Full Circle Counter Top Composter
  10. Organic Valley Crumbled Feta
  11. Whaleback Mead with Tulsi
  12. Garnaxta Catalunya GX, Org
  13. Virgo Aglianico Campania
  14. HIC Lemon Squeezer
  15. Jason Thin to Thick Conditioner
  16. Redmond Salt, Member Request

Volunteers Needed!

Are you glad that the Marsh River Coop is open, keeping good food available to you in these difficult times?  

If so, the coop needs your help right now.

Business is up, which is good, but so are the challenges.  The coop staff and current volunteers are stretched thin meeting them. We need more volunteers and we need them now. Please help us keep the coop open and serving the community. 

We can use help in all sorts of ways, from serving on the board to helping keep the co-op clean and tidy.

Filling the immediate needs listed below are our first priority. 

Restock persons – come in for an hour or so around 5pm and help refill the shelves with all those items sold during the day that the on duty person didn’t have time to get to. Filling a shift on Friday or Saturday are the top need, but if you are only available another day, that helps too.

Pick up Person – We have many Maine vendors who do not deliver to us. To save Matthew a trip to Belfast every other Friday morning,  we are looking for someone who could meet a couple of vendors in the parking lot of the Belfast coop on Friday mornings around 10 pm and then deliver the “goods (tortillas, GF bakery goods, pasta)” to Marsh River.  More details available!

Facilities volunteers – Are you handy? Be on a list to be called for availability and ability to help with tasks that keep the infrastructure of the coop in shape – such as – small fixes and building projects,  moving of shelving, etc., defrosting freezers, special pickups of donated or purchased infrastructure, and more creative projects.  Any talent you have for any of the above or other, would be a great help.
And earn volunteer discounts!

Please contact Kim  to find out more- 
Call her at 722-3139 or email at

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