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Earth's General Store DOWNTOWN - Cash Mobbed!

Earlier this month Cash Mob and the Local Good brought the focus of a crowd to Earth's General Store Downtown. They recognize the value that Earth's General Store brings to Edmonton and to the Downtown community and want to see us survive. Thank you Cash Mob YEG and The Local Good for honouring us by mobbing us :)

Shaw TV did a thorough job of documenting the Cash Mob (Thank you Shaw TV). You can watch the video clip on YouTube.

Putting money in our local economy is VERY important for me because I understand the value it brings to our greater community. Cash Mobbing highlights this in an enjoyable event but it needs to be an ongoing process/commitment. It can't be a one off token gesture. It means that instead of spending all you money in one business – multinational or even local you spread it around and try and put the money in as many locally owned businesses/services that one can.

- Posted October 16th, 2014

Wonderful Dry and Warm Fall is NOT Great for OUR Trees - Water Your Trees for the Winter

It has been a really wonderful fall this year but it has been very dry. Our trees are going to into their dormant state – leaves are falling and the ground will start to freeze. To embark on this phase of their lives they usually have ground moisture to not only help them move their nutrients through their hydrological system but if there is not enough moisture in the ground to adequate freeze their root mass they run the risk of sudden temperature rises throughout the winter months.

Just like all of us trees need a healthy sleep. They don’t like being disturbed by temperature changes that can wake them up. If this happens it weakens them and make them susceptible to diseases.

Dry ground doesn’t freeze. It is the moisture in the soil that freezes and the bigger the block of ice water the more resistant it is to thawing. One way to help them out at this time of transition is to thoroughly soak the ground around their roots.

The best way to do this is to use a root watering spike. The ones you can buy at most greenhouse/garden centres/hardware stores is like the one in the photograph below (I got mine from Apache Seeds several years ago). This put the water directly into the ground a couple of feet down.

 

Mobile Food Information Resources

Today I saw a post by Food Tank regarding apps for smart phones that helps people choose foods that are local, in season, non-GMO, health or pesticide information.

Food Revolution also has a good listing.

I thought that people reading this blog would be interested in some of them. These are links that focus on resources from the USA but some of them will relate to our foods in Canada.

Thanks for caring for our planet and thefood you choose :)

Happy Thanksgiving

For Holiday Thanksgiving Monday we will have reduced store hours at both stores.

We will open at 10am and close at 6pm.

We wish everyone a wonderful Holiday and time with friends and family.

We thank all of you for the support of our stores.

- Posted October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Meal Deals!

Well it is coming up to another festive holiday season – Thanksgiving.

Earth's General Store has several items that our customers may be interested in and they are all on sale until October 6th. Get them early since they tend to run out before the 'big day'. 

  • Pacific Foods Whole Cranberry sauce 15% Off
  • Pacific Foods Pumpkin Puree 15% Off
  • Gardein Holiday Roast 10% Off
  • Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry en Croute Roast. This is an impressive grain meat roast that is wrapped in flaky pastry. 30% Off
  • Tofurky Roast, gravy and Feast (this has the roast, gravy, a frozen chocolate cake and even a 'wishbone' 25% Off
  • Tofurky Roast 25% Off

And of course we have a great selection of potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, squashes, and Brussel Sprouts.  All certified organic and many locally grown.

- Posted September 30th, 2014 

New Product Listing at Earth's General Store

Whew – It has been a L-O-N-G since I added a list of new items to the website.

Barry, our Health and Well-Being Manager, is really expanding the offering that he has in his section of the store.

So hang on – here is a long list:

National Coffee Day – September 29th, 2014

National Coffee Day

Yes – a day to celebrate a ritual, a habit, and even a necessity for some. A day to celebrate the humble cup of Joe! Your choice of what and where you spend your money on this beverage does make a difference.

Coffee drinkers are faced with a myriad of choices to indulge in this beverage. Coffee is huge business. Large corporations are out on social media drumming up the concept of National Coffee Day – they need more of your business it seems. They want you to switch to their coffee because... well they are greedy. More Market Share!

"Best Sustainable Goods/Gift Store" Award by Vue Weekly Readers

I was just notified that we were awarded the "BEST SUSTAINABLE GOODS/GIFT STORE" from Vue Weekly readers.
 
Thank you everyone that has voted for us and submitted a response on their survey.
 
- Posted September 25th, 2015 

Scout Card - “Shop Local. Get Rewarded.” - at Earth's General Store

Many small stores can't create loyalty programs due to the cost and management it takes. A local company, Scout Card, approached me a while ago with their simple loyalty program. It is an app people can download onto their phone and a simple scanning of their QR code off their phone after a transaction is made.

If you are interested you can download the app on your mobile device – just search Scout. You can also visit their website for more information.

This is your opportunity to get a reward when you do your routine purchases at the store.

Earth's General Store is presently offering the following rewards (these will change over time – just to mix it up):

50 Frozen novelty: So Delicious, Coconut Bliss, Julies Organic

Equipment still being my bane!


Running a business is a balance – providing our customers with something they want, at a price that is fair and reasonable for them, in a convenient location, provide service when needed – while providing the business enough ‘profit’ to pay their staff a reasonable wage, pay their suppliers and landlords when needed, and to have a profit of time and energy to work on items that enrich their community.

Unfortunately I feel like I am failing our customers and a lot of it has to do with providing the services and products that people want. A large amount of this failing is being created by equipment failure. When we first opened it was refrigeration and now it is coffee roaster that we use to roast our in-house coffee and one of the point of sale (till) computers at the Downtown store.

Our coffee roaster has been down for over a week now and has cost quite a bit of money to repair but it finally looks like it is repaired. Neal is presently roasting lots of coffee to refill the bins at both store. We apologize for any stress this caused anyone.