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.
At Earth's General Store we offer visitors information and products that will help them reduce their ecological and social impact on the planet and all inhabitants. We are a distributor of information and knowledge, encouraging people to consume less, consume wisely, consume locally, consume fairly and love lots more! We do this by offering items that have beneficial advantages - local, certified organic, Fair Trade Certified, in bulk (less packaging), water and energy efficiency products, information, and support to act! We are attempting to offer a way of life that is balanced and respectful of the planet and all its creatures. I know this sounds a little wishy washy but I believe that is our ultimate goal in life - do as little harm as possible and leave the world better than when we arrived. One of the intimate ways that we interact with the environment is through the food we eat. We have the power to choose food that has less impact on the environment, society and other beings. We can eat less meat, choose food that is grown locally and organically and to buy in bulk. In February 2010 Earth’s General Store moved and expand our inventory to include food products. We now offer fresh, packaged, chilled and frozen organic products. We are a real Health Food Store - offering healthy food for your body, your spirit and the planet. We continue to carry the products that we have offered the citizens of Edmonton since 1991 like worms for composting, cloth diapers for the green parents, animal free personal care products, and reusable menstrual products. We have the most experience of any store or organization in Edmonton on green lifestyle. If you want to help make the world a better place Earth’s General Store may be of great assistance to help you along the path.
Whew – we are filling up the store for the season and out of necessity. The trucking schedule from some of our main suppliers is pretty poor so we have to ensure our stock levels can handle the demand and also the reduced shipments.
We just got in a shipment of Excalibur dehydrators and spiralizers so we are all set for people who want these are a healthy present for the holidays.
We have added several new items over the past few days:
Someone shared this short video regarding "The importance of choosing Organic" - or 'Which Sweet Potato Would you Buy?' with me yesterday and I thought it should be shared on our Facebook Page.
I was interviewed by CBC (Mark Harvey) the other day in response to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency(CFIA) report that they had obtained. The report said that a significant amount (47%) of organic produce had pesticide residue on them and one sample had levels beyond acceptable limits set by the CFIA. They interviewed several customers as well.
So many people are discovering healthier diets and many of these people are making their way to Earth’s General Store to supplement their diet with fresh, raw, organic and ‘Superfoods’ because we carry the largest selection of raw and superfoods in Edmonton.
I have arranged this section to be right beside the fresh organic produce department since they are very complimentary. Raw fresh organic produce are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. We are told that our kale and collards are excellent.
We have the largest selection of sprouting seeds, books and accessories in the city. Many of the seeds are available in bulk – saving you money and the planet some plastic packaging.
Some of the equipment/items we carry in the store to support the inclusion of these foods into your diet are:
Christmas is ‘suppose’ to be the most joyous time of the year but many people find it a stress. Money problems, expectations, time crunch, lack of light, weather condition challenges, crowds, family issues… and many that might be unique to each person.
Businesses work hard to put us in the mood of the giving season with Christmas music, garlands, ornaments, Christmas sales, Christmas expectation, advertisements, and oh yeah! the baby Jesus significance. Christmas has turned into big business. For many businesses this is a very needed time when we (people) spend significant amounts of money as consumer and fill the companies coffers.
Earth’s General Store has always tried to have healthier and honest items at fair prices. At Christmas we feel people need a break from the usual pressure of the holidays with the constant reminder of garlands/decorations and music. We are devoid of the usual trappings of the season. We have called a time out and created a ‘Christmas Trappings Free Space’ (well except for the organic candy canes).
Slow down. Give YOURSELF the gift of a sense of presence.
It always seems there is a problem with maintaining a good supply of these ‘vegan’* chocolate bars from Go Max Go. So many people want to have the chocolate bars they have grown up with but – hold the animal ingredients.
Yes – Vegan versions of your Mars, Peanut Butter Cups, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Snickers, Crunch, and now one that is a vegan option for Butterfingers – the new Thumbs Up.
Over a year ago we brought in some of these wonderful (though I believe overly expensive) item after receiving several requests. Once I saw them I realized they would work quite well for many of our bulk items. We just used these internally and didn’t retail them.
I have now brought the reCap storage lids in as retail inventory (some will be used for our own displays). We have them in pink, silver and black and stock that fits both regular and wide mouth sized Mason Jars.
As most of our customers know we reward them for making green choices (bring their own bags, refill containers, bicycle/walk/bus etc) by giving them tokens that they can use to donate to a variety of organisations working to improve the world. It is just so wonderful that there are so many people working on this issue that it gives me hope.
Last reward period we supported the following organisation/project (I will make a post regarding the amount of donation being made to these organisations when I have counted the tokens and calculated the funds):
The Malala Fund
The holidays are a stress for the majority of people. There are more social engagements, more shopping to be done, more time cooking/wrapping/snuggling/playing, and Earth’s General Store wants to help reduce this stress for our friends and customers by extending our store hours for this season.
Hope it helps :)
Sorry I made a mistake on the closing time for December 30th - it should say 8pm.
Christmas/Seasonal Hours 2013:
Below are the changes in store hours for this holiday season (extended hours start on Saturday, December 21st):
Today we have added another tool so that people can make their own fermented foods right in their own home… the PerfectPickler (TM).
You can watch this short video on how easy it is to make your own fermented foods using this simple kit. We are offering the kit for $21.50 and it comes with the wide mouth lid, fermentation gas trap/lock, gasket and o-ring, overflow cup, recipe/instruction booklet, and some Celtic Sea Salt. Earth’s General Store Celtic carries sea salt and Pink Himalayan sea salt in bulk for great prices.
Today we received some new titles (more new titles coming next week):
So many people are incorporating more plant based meals into their lives. It is really good to see. The book industry is responding to this shift and we are seeing an incredible number of books being issued.
Earth’s General Store is very proud to have the largest selection of Raw, Vegetarian, and Vegan recipe books in Canada. Please consider shopping locally rather than sending your money out of our city.
- Posted December 13th, 2013
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