Winter Bike to Work Day FREE Breakfast

Whew! 2015 is starting off with lots of events.

Most people know that we at Earth's General Store love organic, community, and cycling.

So when we get the idea to combine all of these things we love - well what could be finer. During Edmonton Bike Month (June) we host a bike to work pancake breakfast and thought - why not a winter one to coincide with the International Winter Bike to Work Day!

SO on February 13th we will be participating in the International Winter Bike to Work Day by hosting a FREE Pancake breakfast

The breakfast will include blueberry pancakes (flour mix provided by Gold Forest Grains - local organic grain grower), Fair Trade coffee and tea (the coffee is roasted fresh at our south side store), organic maple syrup, organic butter or vegan alternatives and lots of chatting with fellow Edmonton cyclists.

Hot pancakes and coffee should be ready to be consumed by 7am on Friday, February 13. This is taking place at our downtown Organic Cafe (Earth's General Store, 10150 - 104th Street).

Please sign up on the Facebook page.

Crickets - A Sustainable Source of Animal Protein

There is much in the media these days about the negetative impact that our society's consumption/overconsumption of meat has on the planet, the earth's resources and our health.

Meat, meat production, and meat consumption has a heavy food print. The resources that go into the raising of meat is greater than any other source of food our society consumes.

We eat meat as a source of protein but there are many sources of protein. All plants have protein in them and some plant based sources have significant percentages of protein but these source may not be enough to meet the demand for more protein brought about by our ever increasing global population.

One source of protein that is being explored as a more sustainable source of protein is to consume insects. They convert food into protein about 6 times more efficiently than cows do and use a significantly less water and other resources.

Earth's General Store is Edmonton's first food store to offer certified organic crickets as a protein source.

Our suppliers of these insects is Next Millennium Farms in Ontario. Check out their website for more information. 

Sunday Savings Sale Day!

Sunday Sale Days! - Second Sunday of the month

We are now going to have a monthly savings day and have decided to have this on the second Sunday of the month.  The discount is 15% off your purchase.

That means that on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 will be next "Sunday Savings Sale Day".

The 15% discount applies to your total bill and on top of sale items. Time to double down on savings :)

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday and any other day you wish to visit our store.

Thank you for your support.

PS - the business that shares our parking lot is closed that day so it will be less congested at our Whyte Avenue store. Sunday is free parking downtown and it will be a pleasant day to just stroll over from your apartment or condo :)

- Posted January 15th, 2015

Come Sailin' On With Us!

This Friday, January 9th, 2015 Sailin' On (sans food truck) will be taking over the kitchen at our downtown cafe and serving up their great food.

Come and join us for this downtown lunch event (10:30am to 3pm). You can get more details at the Facebook event page.

Our Organic Cafe is located in our downtown store location -

Earth's General Store - Downtown, 10150 - 104th Street.

See you soon :)

- Posted January 6, 2015

 

New Year’s Celebration with a little help from Earth’s General Store

Tonight it is the end of one year and the start of a new one and Earth’s General Store wants to be part of it so we are ending off the year with a sale.

Starting today at noon (12pm, December 31, 2014) to when we close at 4pm (early closing) we are having a 25% off some very special items. Some to help you celebrate the passing of the year and others to help guide you into the new year.

So for 4 hours we will provide a 25% discount on the following items:

New Year's Promises

New Year's Resolutions Promises

2015 – the year to turn it all around

Some promises are easier to keep than others – loose 5 pounds, find love, stop biting your nails, etc.

2015 is the year to make really tough promises that collectively will make a change for the better.

  • drive less – try to be car free one day of the week. Use transit, walk or bicycle to work.

  • eat leave meat, dairy, expand your food horizons – try Meatless Mondays

  • eat locally – once or twice a week add an extra local item into your shopping basket

  • support local stores (keep your money local)

  • consider solar panels

Stocking stuffers for the vegan or vegetarian on your list

Sometimes it is difficult to purchase special gifts for vegans and vegetarians for the holiday season. Earth's General Store is the best source for these types of gifts. Almost all of the items in our store are vegetarian and vegan. Several of the staff are also vegan so can help you find the right gift if you are having trouble.

Here is a listing of some of the special items we carry that will make any vegan/vegetarian quite happy on Christmas morning:

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