Update to the Marsh River Co-op Masking Requirement

To our valued membership and customers;

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 marshrivercooperative@gmail.com 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!

Sincerely,

MRC Board and Management

Volunteer Shout Out and New Items 05-21-2021

Hey Folks,

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;

  1. Woodstock Frozen Okra (Non-GMO, returning item)
  2. Farmhouse Coffee Baxter Black and Tan (Org, Winterport)
  3. Bulk Barilla Campanelle Pasta (Non-GMO)
  4. Postage stamps (Ask at the register)
  5. Colmaia Sangiovese (Organic, Italy)
  6. Ponte Vinho Verde Rose (Portugal)
  7. Bulk Maine Maple Sugar Candy
  8. American Health Super Papaya Enzyme
  9. Wellness Turkey & Sweet Potato Dog food (Member Request)
  10. Beano Ultra 800 (Member Request)
  11. Tapatio Hot Sauce
  12. Nature’s Path Crispy Rice Cereal (Customer Request)
  13. Navesur Rueda (Organic, Spain)
  14. Rock City Coffee Jet (Rockland, Org, Customer Request)
  15. Lamura Bianco (Organic, Italy)
  16. Lamura Rosso (Organic, Italy)
  17. Great Hopes Cottage Cheese
  18. Sno Pac Frozen Spinach (Organic)
  19. Something Sweet without Wheat Frozen Dinner Rolls
  20. Carmel Cabernet Sauvignon (Kosher)
  21. Barkan Cabernet Sauvignon (Kosher)
  22. AquaVitea Ginger in Bottle
  23. AquaVitea Pineapple Lemonade Can
  24. AquaVitea Turmeric Can
  25. Just Crackers Maple Oat (Monroe)
  26. Just Crackers Spicy Chili (Monroe)
  27. Sfera Rosso Natural Red Wine (Organic, Italy)
  28. Empire’s Treasure Smoked Rainbow Trout
  29. Kronos Tandori Naan (Halal)
  30. Romo 10z Frozen Dough Ball (Organic, Member Request)
  31. 24Vegan Fish Sauce
  32. Omission IPA Six Pack (Gluten Reduced, Member REquest)
  33. Chateau La Condamine (France)
  34. ChicoBag Facewear Sunset
  35. Late July Green Mojo (Customer Request)
  36. Bastide Cotes Du Rhone (France)
  37. Bulk Hemp Protien Powder (Organic, Member Request)
  38. Argento Malbec (Organic, Argentina)
  39. La Copla Sangria (Organic, Spain)
  40. Lobetia Tempranillo (Organic Spain)
  41. Drink ME 93 Rhubard Vermouth (Maine)
  42. Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon (Organic, Italy)
  43. Silencio Jumilla Box 3ltr (Organic, Spain)
  44. Portaz Monastrell (Organic, Spain)
  45. Saline Txakolina (Spain)
  46. Santa Marina Prosecco Rose (Italy)
  47. Mini Grill Wok
  48. All Terrain Poison/Ivy Oak Spray

MRC Mask Policy 05-23-2021

To our valued members and customers;

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;

  1. Health and safety concerns for staff/volunteers and customers
  2. Waldo County Case Rates/State Case Rates
  3. Waldo County Vaccination Rates/State Vaccination Rates
  4. The pitfalls of requiring/inquiring about vaccination status of employees and volunteers(OSHA and EEOC guidelines)
  5. 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 marshrivercooperative@gmail.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.

Sincerely,

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.”

Quick Cooler Clarification

Hey Folks,

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.

Online Ordering & Walkin

Hey Everyone,

Popping out a note to let you know of a few things going on at the Co-op.

  1. 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.