Employment Opportunities – 2 Produce Team Members

We are an independent and locally-owned grocery enterprise with two locations (104 Street Downtown  and on Whyte Avenue). We offer the community information and products that support good health and reduce our individual and collective ecological impact on the planet.

We are currently looking for two Produce Team Members
Start Date: ASAP
Location: Whyte Avenue, 9605 - 82 Avenue, Edmonton (you will do initial training at the downtown store)

While previous produce experience is a strong preference we will consider a person with other strong skills and a desire that wishes to work with fresh produce.


  • Displaying and providing ongoing care of produce
  • Maintaining good organization and display of products
  • Providing customer service in a specialized environment
  • Cleaning
  • Engaging in continuous learning in response to the increasing variety of products and development of the store
  • Offloading orders from the delivery trucks

Required Competencies

Employment Opportunity– 2 Kitchen Preppers

We are an independent and locally owned community grocery store with a wide selection of Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic choices. We offer the community information and products that support good health and reduce our individual and collective ecological impact on the planet. At our downtown store location we have a café that produces prepared food from scratch.

Our café specializes in vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. We do not serve any meat. You should have a knowledge and understanding of these foods and preparations OR at least a willingness and openness to learn about these foods.

We are currently looking for TWO part-Time Kitchen Preppers

Previous Kitchen experience is required

Our kitchen is open to the public so good communication skills, pleasant attitude, customer and quality focused are essential to these positions.


How to save money on groceries?

Here are a list of some of the strategies that can provide significant food savings to the household:

·         Reduce or eliminate food waste. Shop smarter, smaller and more often. The 2kg bag of cherries you bought from Costco is not a great buy if 20% go bad. It is estimated that the average Canadian household wastes 30-40% of the groceries they purchase. There are Big savings in reducing or eliminating waste. You are the generator and you have control over this.

Comments on Alberta Minimum Wage

This blog post is in response to an article in the Edmonton Journal on June 29th, 2015 (Impact of unprecedented Alberta minimum wage increase disputed). I was not able to post there since my response was too long.

Being a small business owner since 1991 and a business that I believe is more socially based than most I would like to offer my perspective on the Alberta minimum wage.

Over the past ten years I have paid myself an average of about 36-48K a year. It was much less the years before. I also work about 5 thousand hours a year for this salary. I love doing what I do and know I could be making 2 to three times more money working in my trade (which I also love doing) but that would not provide me with the fulfillment that owning my business provides to me, my community/customers and the planet.

30 for 30 Ice Cream EVENT

It is predicted that on Saturday the temperature will reach 30C the first time this year. That is quite hot for around here.


When the temperature reached 20C earlier this year Earth’s General Store marked the occasion by putting our ice cream on sale for 20% off for the whole day.

Well guess what we are going to do on Saturday?

That’s right – Ice Cream will 30% off.

So if you are looking to stock up on ice cream for a few days or just want to indulge in one of the single servings then open up our ice cream freezer and be faced with the task of deciding between Almond and chocolate covered plain ice cream, strawberry, cookie dough, salted chocolate caramel, Neapolitan, banana sandwiches… and the list goes on. The choice is yours and so is the savings.

I use the term ice cream to describe our frozen coconut, soy, and/or cashew products. Most people won’t notice the difference.

Dandelion Season is Here!

Dandelions can evoke quite passion in people.

Some people love seeing the bright yellow flower heads, especially children, and who hasn’t picked a fragile dandelion seed head and blown on it and watch the seeds float away on the breeze.

Some people hate them and see them as a blot on the landscape – something that needs to be destroyed and controlled.

I am somewhere in the middle. I don’t need to eradicate them but I like to reduce their numbers so that other vegetation and plants I do want to have growing are not competing against the dandelions for nutrients.

Dandelions are in many ways the perfect plant. They are asexual and therefore produce clones of themselves. They arrive early in the spring providing food for bees. They have tap roots that break up the soil and bring nutrients up to the surface from lower soil levels. The roots can be dried and roasted into a coffee substitute. The leaves can be used in salads (use young leaves) or steamed (significant levels of Vitamin A and K, and sources of Vitamin C and calcium).

In the pioneer days early settlers would welcome the dandelions since they would be one of the first edible plants in the spring. They knew that they were healthy for them – possibly for the Vitamin C source since most diets from the winter would be low in this vitamin.

Growing Organically

Organic cultivation is about doing no harm and feeding the soil so the plants that grow are healthier and will resist disease and insects.

It is the same with our bodies. A healthy robust body can more withstand exposure to viruses, bacteria, illnesses, etc than a body that has a weaker or compromised immune system. When we feed our bodies healthy organic whole foods, have adequate sleep, get the right nutrients, have enough water, exercise our bodies (walking, bicycling, etc), receive and give love, feel content, feel valued, etc we will create the best conditions in our bodies to fend off environmental, diet and societal attacks on our immune system.

The same is true for the plants we grow. Growing organically is about reducing the exposure to insects, paying attention to the plants that you want to grow, reduce competition from unwanted plants, and feeding the soil.

The way I do all this is to insert certain plants throughout the garden that confuses insects or attracts beneficial (predatory) insects, have a walk through the garden twice a day (there is nothing like checking on their progress, snipping this plant, pulling a few weeds, etc first thing in the morning or in the evening), and providing a healthy bed for the plant to set its roots in.

Fair Trade Month - Tea!

Tea is an extremely popular beverage. It is consumed throughout the world. Every culture had some kind of leaf that they infused in water. When we ‘normally’ use the term tea though we mean a hot liquid made from the Camellia sinensis plant. All Black, green, white, oolong, etc teas come from this plant. It matters where the plant is grown, how it is harvested and how it is processed afterwards that imparts the subtle flavours. This is the same for wines and coffees.

When we choose Fair Trade teas we support a process that provides more equitable payment for their labour and production.

Fair Trade tea criteria is different than for coffee since most tea is grown in large tea plantations owned by a small number of people or a family. The plantation owners hires labourers to work the fields, the processing plant and packaging operation so it is somewhat different process to the coop relationship that Fair Trade coffee has.

Earth’s General Store offers a large variety of packaged and bulk teas. The vast majority of them are Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic – respect for the people and the planet.

For more information please visit FairTrade Canada.

- Posted May 15th, 2015 

City Market to Open on Saturday

City Market will be moving back onto 104th Street this coming Saturday (May 16th, 2015). To mark their return to the street Earth’s General Store will be having a 15% off Sale.

So come down to Edmonton’s most vibrant downtown street, stroll and talk with the local producers, mingle, pick up some great products and drop into Earth’s General Store for those products that you can’t purchase at the market. Bananas, pears, celery, strawberries, artichokes, turmeric, rice, kombucha, milk, yogurt, flour, chocolate bars, coffee, supplements, nuts/seeds, dried fruit and hundreds of other products.

Check out our event Facebook page.

Shop Local also means shopping at independent local businesses.

- May 12th, 2015 

Fair Trade Month - Coffee!

Ah Coffee! A very popular beverage in most of the world. Coffee is the second most valued commodity traded around the world. Only the trade in petroleum commodities is of higher value. (Of course this is legally traded commodities since it is estimated that there could be some drug that are valued higher).

There are only two types of coffee plants – Arabica and Robusta. The Arabica is grown at higher elevations and it is this coffee that is prized for its nuances of flavours. Robusta is usually grown on larger plantation, has a higher level of caffeine content than Arabica, stronger coffee flavour, and the plants handles more mechanization than the more delicate Arabica plant. Robusta is used in flavourings, in lower grades of coffee (think of the industrial coffee dispense in many machines or fast food businesses), and in many instant coffee. It is quite often added to espresso mixes to bolster the flavor profile.