Note of Appreciation for the Staff at Earth's General Store

Earth's General Store is so fortunate to have such great staff. I am humbled.

Today I watched as everyone working at the downtown store gave 125% and more to get the store ready for opening tomorrow.

We could not be doing this without the excellent support and cooperation of the staff at the Whyte Avenue store. They keep things going, reminding me to take care of certain things, do the ordering for their store, put together shipments to the downtown store, take care of customers, and everything else that is needed to keep that store going – as well as doing what they can to support the downtown store. I greatly appreciate knowing that the store is in good hands and is guided by a steady hand. Tammy takes care of the store when I am there and when I am not. It just looks like I am 'in control' :).

Sobeys Closure - Possibly Good for Our Business but BAD for the Community

You may have heard that Sobeys on Jasper and 104th is slated to close at the end of July 2014. Check out the article in the Edmonton Journal. Here are my thoughts on it.

Many people have mentioned that with Sobeys closing that it should be good for business. Perhaps. But it is a great lost for the community.

Healthy and vibrant down towns should have grocery stores. It is where people live. There should be hardware stores, inexpensive eateries (not inexpensive fast food chains), places to sit and gather, lots of space to walk, ride and park a bicycle, schools, and entertainment. But it is grocery stores that provide the daily or weekly needs of those living and working in the downtown core.

Earth's General Store - An Update and Ramblings About our Business Model

The other week when a regular customer heard that we were opening up a second store he expressed a word of caution. He said that many businesses fail when they expand to a second store.

I am quite conservative when it comes to business. I take a slow and steady path and that path is not leading to financial windfalls or a certain return on investment. I am looking to make the business financially sustainable – that is not loosing money and making enough that we can weather slow months (the summer months).

This second store is being financed by a loan of $300,000 from the Social Enterprise Fund. Earth's General Store is the first 'for-profit' business they have provided financial support to but they recognize the social benefits and involvement that the store represents. I was VERY flattering that I did not have to 'sell' them on this aspect since our reputation preceded us and we were recognized as a social enterprise business.

Employment - Receiver at Earth's General Store Downtown

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

We are an independent and locally-owned grocery enterprise with two locations, Whyte Avenue and 104 St. Downtown.  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 a Receiver (25-30 hours/week)

for the DOWNTOWN location


Responsibilities

Employment: Full and Part Time Deli Staff for Earth's General Store Downtown Location

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 Full-time and Part-time Delicatessen Preparation Cooks

Start Date: Early July

Food-preparation Cooks are part of a fun, fast-paced work environment in which they prepare food items for the deli and serve customers.

Responsibilities

  •     Preparing vegan and vegetarian delicatessen food items like salads, soups, sandwiches, smoothies etc. as per instructions
  •     Maintaining health and sanitation standards in the deli area
  •     Providing customer service.
  •     Dishwashing

Required Competencies

Earth's General Store Second Location

Just a quick note about a new development.

A few years ago a local organic grower (Vincen Halwa) started an organic food store downtown on 104th Street called Pangaea Market. Things didn't go very well for this new business and it closed last year.

I have been thinking about opening a second location and had my heart set on it being up in the north east – probably around 118th avenue. I wanted to put our store in an area where we could offer excellent foods to people living in a 'food desert'.

I knew about the closure of Pangaea and knew that they had equipment (freezers, coolers and shelving). And thought I could pick it up for a good price for our second location. When I contacted the person responsible for the space he suggested I lease the space with all the equipment in place. This appealed to me. I would help to reduce the waste associated with the removal of the equipment, the redecoration, etc. and I would provide an outlet for good organic food in the downtown core.

So the negotiation began.

New Items at Earths General Store

Earth’s General Store continuously expands our selection of Organic, Fair Trade, Vegan/Vegetarian and Raw Food items. This month I am very pleased to let people know we have some excellent products. Some of them are new to not only our store but to Edmonton (such as bulk organic olive oil, bulk organic sesame oil, bulk organic almond meal).

Seed Time is Coming Up

Gardens take a bit of planning – specially if you want to start you transplant seedlings that you grow yourself.

We get certified organic seeds from a variety of seed houses: Harmonic Seeds (Barrhead, AB) Stellar Seeds Kaslo, BC), Urban Harvest (Toronto, ON), and West Coast Seeds (Lower Mainland, BC). We offer certified organic seeds, open pollinated, some hybrids (when open pollinated is not available for a variety), heirlooms varieties, and local seeds.

Starting next week seeds should start to arrive. West Coast Seeds has already arrived but won’t be put out for display until sometime next week.

One of our main seed suppliers, West Coast Seeds, has produced a very handy guide for prairie growers and for our zone. Check it out below.

planting-chart-prairies.pdf-page-001

Oh – and yes we have LOTS of Kale seeds coming in.

- Posted February 6th, 2014

Chlorella Powder in BULK -Canada's LOWEST Price

The regular price for our normal chlorella was about $150/kg. It was certified organic.

Recently I received a shipment of Certified Organic Chlorella and I have been able to lower the selling price to $98.00/kg. This is a very good price and I believe the lowest price for bulk (loose) chlorella in Canada.

I like chlorella and spirulina because they are such a great clean source of protein. When people ask me about them I say they add a sparkle. I did not realize this was the nice shot of protein they provided to my diet.

Butler Soy Curls (TM) now at Earths General Store

Several years ago someone asked me about this product and I have keep my eyes open for them ever since.

One of our supplier started to bring these items in very recently and I am pleased to say – as of today Earth’s General Store is now stocking Butler's Soy Curls

Soy Curls

This item is vegan, made with non-GMO soy, and grown without chemical pesticides (pity they just didn’t go with Certified Organic and therefore they could dispense with having to list the things they don’t have in them).

Check out their website for wonderful ways to make the into a tasty recipe. I understand that businesses in Seattle and Portland use this product in some great street food and vegan cafe food.

Enjoy.

- Posted December 22nd, 2013