Unusual Christmas Gifts - including CRICKETS!

And Now for Something Completely Different for Christmas...
"Get Yer Crickets Here!"

Want something more than the usual gifts of perfume, ties, underwear, wine, slippers, and another gift card? Come and check out the unique items at Earth's General Store.

Tongue cleaners, sriracha chips, glass straws, coconut bacon chips, tiffins, Bliss Balls, Forbidden Rice, maca to increase the old what for, vegan jerky, not Crocs but crocks, spirolli, Kombucha, Kefir, sprouting kits and green coffee beans will be interesting and conversational gifts for the holiday season.

What about the crickets? Yes we even have crickets - both whole and in a flour form... and.... you eat them! You can choose honey mustard flavoured, barbequed or plain whole crickets. What does a plain cricket taste like? Well wouldn't you like to know?

- Posted December 16th, 2014

PS - Some items are only available at one of the stores (crickets for example are only downtown at the moment).

For more information on Crickets and why they are an excellent protein source check out our supplier's website - Next Millennium Farms.

December 2014 Holiday Hours

Tis' the season to change our hours to accommodate our customer.

Please note that the only real changes are the week prior to Christmas Day and on New Year's Eve.

 

Sunday, December 21st             9am-6pm

Monday, December 22nd            9am-9pm

Tuesday, December 23rd           9am-9pm

Wednesday, December 24th       9am-4pm (Christmas Eve)

Thursday, December 25th          CLOSED (Christmas Day)

Friday, December 26th              9am-9pm (Boxing Day)

Saturday, December 27th          9am-6pm

Marketing Survey - Help us be better!

As many of you are aware we are having problems with the downtown store (lack of customers). The Whyte Avenue store and our bank account is suffering trying to carry this extra load. I did not expect it to be this bad.

So to try and adjust to what we have heard are some of the changes that we could make we will be introducing meat to the downtown store and are having regular weekly sale days (10% OFF Tuesdays and 10% Wednesdays for Seniors).

In addition we would like to hear from you. Please consider completing the accompanying survey so that we can better serve you and our community.

http://goo.gl/forms/jb5FHW6gpj

- Posted November 17th, 2014

Sale Days are HERE!

 

 

We appreciate ALL of customers ALL of the time and want to show our thank you by having some regular sale days.

Starting this week we will have REGULAR WEEKLY Sale Days. These sale days will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

10% off on Tuesdays.

10% off on Wednesdays – a special day for seniors – 10% off day. This is for people that are over 65 years of age.

The 10% will apply to all items in the store and cafe – regular priced and sale items.

 


Note – These sale days will be in effect to the end of the year at which time we will reassess things.

- Posted November 16th, 2014

 

Change in Direction for Earth's General Store - Downtown

People and businesses change over time. Hopefully these changes are good for the people, their friends and family, their customers, the planet and society.

The founding statement of the store is – “To offer people information and products that help them to reduce their impact on the environment and society”. I believe we have stayed true to my founding statement.

Basically we try to help people lighten their ecological footprint and therefore reduce our collective debt. We do this by offering information (we became an information hub), products that were 'better' (had some sort of environmental, health, resource efficient, organic, fair trade, local, etc) and we offered support for people that wanted to make changes – big and small – in their lives.

2015 Calendars are Now in Stock

We’Moon; Syracuse Cultural Workers Peace Calendars; Slingshot Organizers; Greenpeace wall calendar; New Internationalist; Sierra Club calendars, Cat Lovers Against the Bomb and many others are already in stock for the upcoming season.

 


 

Available at the Wyte Avenue store only at this time.

- Posted November 14, 2014

 

Green Acts Rewards - YOUR Action Make a Difference

The results of your green actions over the last period has created the purchase of a bicycle for a person in Africa (World Bicycle Relief), money to Bikeology (the local organization that coordinates Bike Month – in June), and money to the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society (EBC).

A total of over $400 will be distributed to these groups (it was a longer period than usual).

Thank you for reusing your shopping bags, refilling your containers and walking, bicycling and using transit to commute to the store.

Small actions add up and we can make a difference.

The recipients for the next period will be ACT Alberta, The Gulabi Gang, and The Metta School in Nepal.

 

Local Organic Produce at Earth's General Store

This year we were able to expand our offering of locally grown organic produce. We helped The Organic Box out by taking some of their excess produce, we continued our relationship with Sparrow's Nest Organics and we added a great variety of produce from Mans Organics in Coaldale, AB.

As the season change we will adjusting what we can obtain from local organic growers and will move our supply sources to BC, Washington, Oregon, California, and Mexico (in that order).

Currently we have the following produce from Coaldale, Alberta:

  • Long English cucumbers
  • 6 packs of Mini Cucumbers
  • White onions
  • red onions
  • yellow onions (bulk)
  • shallots
  • squash (almost all of our squash this fall has come from Coaldale. The only exceptions were pumpkins, acorn squash, and the occasional Butternut or Carnival squash. Currently, we have Black Futsu, Butternut, Buttercup, Delicata, Spaghetti, Baby Blue Hubbard, and Red Kuri)
  • tomatoes - Beefsteak, Cherry clamshells, and Cocktail

We also still have 25# bags of potatoes from Dapp, AB for $20!!! Amazing deal on local potatoes!

Over the summer we had the following items from a variety of sources:

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.