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.

Our kitchen/cafe 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

Responsibilities

  • Following direction from kitchen manager or assistant manager
  • Displaying and providing ongoing care of products produced in the kitchen
  • Providing customer service in a specialized environment (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc)
  • Cleaning
  • Engaging in continuous learning in response to the increasing variety of products, recipes and development of the kitchen/store

Required Competencies

Earth's General Store is Looking for TWO Produce Staff Person

Be Part of Something Good, Work at Earth’s General Store

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.

We are currently looking for TWO Full-Time Produce Team Member at our Downtown Store

While previous produce experience is an asset we encourage all those that are willing to learn to apply.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Required Competencies

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 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.

Fair Trade Month - Bananas

Several years ago Bananas became the most popular fruit in North America replacing the apple. They are popular, they are tasty, they are inexpensive, and they come with a hidden price tag.

Bananas are big business. Large corporations have controlled banana production, marketing, distribution and, directly and indirectly, the welfare of the people and environment where they are grown. Check out the term ‘Banana Republic’ (and it is not about a clothing store) and the history of exploitation around commodities and the workers in the field/jungle.

Two videos I particularly like regarding Bananas are ‘Banana Split’ and ‘Bananas’. Check them up and I am sure you will not look at another banana the same way. Non-organic and non-Fair Trade bananas are extremely disrespectful to the planet (non-organic bananas are doused in pesticides encased in their traditional toxic blue bags) and to the growers.

Looking for the BEST Price for Certified Organic Meat?

Certified Organic Meat is expensive when compared to the meat coming from the industrial meat system. It is expensive because there is more respect given to the animal (better care, better food, no GMO feed, no hormones, no regular antibiotics, smaller herds, etc), to the land and for the consumer - providing the BEST meat for your body!

So it is great when you can save some money on excellent Certified Organic meat that is also localley raised and processed. On Sunday, May 10th we are having our monthly 15% off sale. You can save 15% off your meat purchases.

Wait - there is more. Frozen meat products from our local supplier are an extra 10%. This works out to about 23% savings!

Meat is available only at our downtown store.

- Posted May 9th, 2015 

Urban Organic Seeds are Now in Stock

I was going to skip carrying these seeds this year but then a regular customer reminded of the unique organic offerings this company provides so I quickly put in an order.

It didn’t show up in early April so I waited. Finally I phoned them and it turns out they shipped them to our old address over by 109th. Unfortunately a couple of weeks were lost.

Anyway we do have a good selection of their seeds now in stock. Some of these seeds are:

 

Milkweed Plants and Butterfly Food

We have all heard about the devastating effect that GMO pollution has caused on the butterfly population in many areas. The die off of the butterflies, especially the monarch butterfly, is related to the loss of their most important food source – the milkweed.

The best way to help the butterflies is to stop supporting the GMO industry. Unfortunately that industry is not going to die soon so the next best thing we can do is to plant habitat for the butterflies and other pollinators on our land.

Who has not enjoyed the sight of butterflies alighting on flowers and moving about their yard. Every child has squealed with joy at having a butterfly land on their shoulder, face or danced after one in a field? We instinctively recognize that they are beneficial and not harmful.

There are many plants that are noted as being very attractive to pollinators. Earth’s General Store continues to highlight these seeds in our seed selection. Of particular note are.milkweed seeds (Asclepias). These flowers offer one of the best food sources for pollinators – especially the monarch butterflies. Check out your local seed supplier and ask for some seeds or drop by Earth’s General Store.