We hope you are surviving this hot weather as best you can. It’s been brutal out there the last few days.
First up we are looking for someone that might potentially be will to take a road trip to the Lewiston/Auburn area at some point. We’ve located a refrigerated bakery case and before we inquire if it is still available we wanted to see if anyone would be willing to make the trip? Would probably need a truck and we would of course pay for gas/wear and tear. Please email email@example.com if you might be willing to make the run!
Long overdue again is our new items list!
Fat Friar’s Mead (Newcastle)
Foundation Raspberry My Jam (Portland)(Customer Request)
Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chips (Member Request)
Wurzburger Traditional Pilsner
Toddy Pond Feta in 8oz containers
Aura Cacia Geranium Oil (Member Request)
Aura Cacia Cedarwood Oil (Member Request)
Kusafiri Red 250ml (Organic)
Kusafiri Red 750ml (Organic)
La Ceboll Spicy Pickled Onions (Scarborough)
Farm House Roasters Peru El Cuativo (Winterport, Customer Request)
Farm House Roasters Mexico Chiapas
Seek No Further 16oz Goat Yogurt (Monroe)
Ponte Vinho Verde Branco
Violife Smoked Provolone
Honor Cava Brut (Organic)
Aqua Vitea Blueberry Social, Can (Vermont)
Ortiz Sardines in Oil
NOW Double Strength Iron (Member Request)
Stump Chump Maple Charcoal
Stump Chump Fire Starter
Seek No Further Feta (Monroe)
Broadbent Tawny Porto
Rising Tide Zephyr IPA (Customer Request)
HobaCare Organic 1oz
HobaCare Organic 4.22oz
HobaCare Baby Organic 4.22oz
Fit Vine Pinot Gricio (Customer Request)
CTF Tamarind Concentrate
Bulk Barilla Large Shells (Member Request)
Bulk Barilla Gemelli (Member Request)
Domaine Le Yeuses(France)
Du Sud Rose (France)
Sapsucker Cider (Organic)
Eddie’s Peanut Butter Bar (Trying to find a replacement for the buckeyes)
Effective 06/24/2021 the Marsh River Cooperative will no longer be requiring masks for our customers/members in the store (We are moving to Masks Recommended at this time). At the last board meeting the board and management established a set of gating metrics for relaxing our mask requirement (this included but was not limited to case rates and vaccination rates). As of 06/23/2021 all of the necessary criteria have been met for us to loosen our requirements.
We will continue to strongly recommend that our staff/volunteers continue to mask while they are on the sales floor. Our first and foremost priority is ensuring the safety & wellbeing of those individuals who have worked so hard to keep the Co-op going.
We will continue to offer curbside service to those individuals that don’t feel comfortable coming into the store.
We will continue to evaluate the information available on an ongoing basis and if the situation on the ground changes for the worse we reserve the right to reintroduce our masking requirement.
If you have any issues or concerns regarding this change please feel free to speak to the board or management. You are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to provide comments.
We appreciate everyone’s understanding over the last year and we are looking forward to a great summer!
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.