We order the worms on Wednesday and they are delivered to the store on Friday. People that are interested in getting worms need to place an order before Wednesday so that they can ensure that worms are reserved for them. People should pick their worms up at the store over the next few days (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). The worms are sold in 1/2 pound lots (this is 1/2 pound of worms in a small bag of soil) and are sold for $45.00. A kit consists of a 53L Rubbermaid Roughtote with holes drilled out of the lid (for ventilation), 1/2 pound bag of worms, 50 litres of soil, a trowel and a marker. The kit is sold for $75.00. We offer the bins and soil separately so you can purchase components as you need them. Please contact us at 780-439-8725 to order the worms and/or worm composting kit.
There have been several stories in the media about organic produce having pesticide residual on them. A lot of time they don’t mention that this is not being cause on purpose but by the general poisoning of our environment by the chemical based agricultural system. Also the residual amount is less than 10% of what is found on conventional. I will take that reduction.
Some people that choose organic don’t only do it for their own well being but that they do not wish to see the planet being exposed to more toxic load than what it is presently trying to deal with. It also reduces the amount of pesticides that work in the field are exposed to. I like that!
The Certified Organic process has many protocols. If a product does not follow the protocol they cannot be considered organic.
Can’t figure out what that eco person on your Christmas list would like as a gift? You are not alone. Many people turn to gift cards for those hard to buy for people and Earth’s General Store is here to help buy for a certain segment of our society.
We have products and food for the vegan, vegetarian, gluten free/celiac, book worm, new parents/new baby, eco conscious, lactose intolerant, cruelty free, raw foodists, juicers, health conscious, whole fooders, etc on your list.
So if you are unsure what to choose for your friends perhaps a gift card would help.
- Posted December 10th, 2011
Since Earth’s General Store evolution into organic food store we have focussed on several different aspects that are important to us: vegan/vegetarian lifestyle and foods; bulk foods; gluten free foods; lots of books to inform us how to lead a healthier and balanced life;
We have offered probably the largest variety of sprouting supplies in the province for the past year. All of our sprouting seeds are certified organic and sprouting grade. Our two main suppliers of the seeds are Mumm’s and Sproutmaster.
Oils for Health - Hemp, Flax, Sesame, Coconut, Canola, Sunflower, Safflower, Walnut, Olive and Omega Oil Blends
Our bodies need oils (and fats) for a variety of body functions. Unfortunately our industrialized food system add inferior oils and fats into the manufactured foods they provide and we end up consuming more oils and fats than we require and typically processed food contain some of the worse foods for our body – transfats for example.
The majority of the oils that we stock at Earth’s General Store are certified organic – except for a few exception (we cannot get certified organic versions of walnut oil and toasted sesame oil, and peanut oil).
Well another first. Several months ago Earth’s General Store started to offer a limited variety of essential oils in bulk. I figured this would reduce the price for people AND eliminate all those pretty but small bottles – like 7.4mL, 10mL and 15mL.
I was right about the price savings. Though the price on our decanting bottles looks kind of scary ($399.00 per kilogram for certified organic Lavender essential oil) when it is put into a 10mL bottle the price works out to about $4.00. Elsewhere in the store we offer organic essentials oils in small bottles from a couple of suppliers. To give you an idea about the saving that you would make if you refilled your own bottle a bottle of one of our brands of bottled lavender would cost you $12.45 for 7.4mL. Most people feel this is a good price. This works out to over $1,680 per kilogram. So if you refilled this same bottle when it became empty you would be charged about $2.95.
Do you want to save 75% on your purchase?
Many people ask me at the store about Miso. Though I have only been using miso for about 15 years I am certainly not an expert on it. I sometimes use it in stews, soups, pasta sauce (I use a Gado-Gado peanut butter concoction), rice bowls, and sometimes in stir fries.
When the store evolved to include food I of course added miso as one of the products in the limited cooler space. I consider miso a healthy food product. Miso is a fermented product and is recognized as a healthy product for our bodies since it introduces flora to our lower intestinal tract.
Miso is based on fermented soybeans but then other grains are added and this develops more complex flavours. This fermentation is due to the introduction of a starter culture called koji.
There are several misos but they are considered either sweet or dark.
Sweet miso is lighter in colour and milder in flavour. It has been aged for a lesser period of time (the longer a miso is aged the stronger the flavour becomes).
Dark miso is aged more than 2 years. It is higher in protein, stronger in flavour, and has a higher salt content.
A word of caution is needed in reference to miso and it’s salt content. It can be high! The darker misos have higher salt content than the sweeter misos.
Years ago the consumer was faced with the dilemma at the checkout counter with the decision – paper or plastic?
Each one had its advantages and disadvantages.
Plastic bags can be used many times before they are too weak or damaged but like paper bags are rarely used more than once.
A few years ago I needed to use the garden space at my home to put up a shed to store items that were in storage and costing me money each month. Since then I have not had a garden and I missed having fresh food and the joy of helping plants grow.
When the store moved to the new location I had a shed built in the alleyway. It was built so that I could install a green roof (or a roof top garden) on it. Last month I planted basil, mint, pole beans, and several other items.
Unfortunately I did not obtain a permit and the city wants me to demolish the shed. Pity since the garden is growing well.
I created the roof top garden as a means to provide myself a space to produce food for myself and as a demonstration of what could be done on top of roofs – typically wasted space. If I owned this building I would make the whole flat roof a roof top garden space since it is an ideal space for that.
The invasion of the mosquitoes is making being outside not as enjoyable as it should be. The city of Edmonton could put more pesticides into more ponds, spray fields with pesticides and do several other damaging actions. People can rub on more insect repellent but many of these have toxic ingredients like DEET in them and are not recognized as safe for young children.
There are lots of things that people can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes in their neigbourhood – cut grass a little shorter than usual, remove standing water around the house, add a little bit of dish liquid to your rain barrel (plant based liquid to deter insects laying eggs in the water, or you can build/buy a bat house and put it up somewhere on your property.
Raw foods are extremely good for our bodies. Many people are exploring this type/style of eating and living. Earth’s General Store is providing more and more products, tools (appliances like juicers, Excalibur dehydrators, nut milk bags, slicers, spiralizers, etc) for people that choose this healthier way of eating. Some people say it is in fact the healthiest diet for humans and other animals.
Today we received from one of our suppliers more Coconut Secrets Coconut Aminos, Coconut Secrets Coconut Crystals, Coconut Secrets Coconut Nectar, Hurom Slow Juicers, Nama Shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce), Sea Spaghetti, Raw Sushi Nori Sheets, and Kelp Noodles.
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