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, 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.

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.

Litter - Be the Change!

Such a small piece it won’t matter – right? Well all those little pieces not only add up to be an unsightly mess but they can end up killing people and animals Don’t discard litter – put it in its proper place.

 

Prevention is best. If you can avoid taking another plastic bag, another disposable container, more packaging than needed, another straw… then great. Don’t be part of the problem – be the solution. If you can’t avoid getting some kind of packaging ensure that it is properly disposed of.

Recently the media has been highlighting the amount of plastic in the oceans. It is not just the garbage that washes up on the shores of the world’s landmass it is microscopic pieces floating around in the oceans and being consumed by aquatic life. That plastic bag that flew out of your car when you were loading it with your groceries may end up in the oceans. Not all littering is intentional. Check out this video clip from Midway Island.

Give your energy bill the finger!

Be the Change - Give your energy bill the finger!

Flip the light switch off when you are not going to use the light in that space. You can have the most energy efficient bulb in your fixture but if we leave them on when not needed we are wasting resources, creating pollution, and wasting money.

In our house an unspoken rule is to only have one more light on than there are people in the house. Turning off lights and electrical items doesn’t cost you any money. It is just a slight change in your behavior/habits that will make a positive effect in the world.

Use the power of your finger to be power smart.

-          Posted April 4th, 2015

Earth's General Store Downtown

Our downtown store is located at 10150 - 104th Street in Edmonton's core.

We offer the largest selection of organic foods in the downtown area as well as freshly prepared foods from our in-house Organic Cafe. 

Commuter Challenge!

Between May 31st and June 6th Earth’s General Store will encourage everyone that works at the store to commute to work in a greener manner as part of the national Commuter Challenge. This will be quite tough for us since I believe only 5 or so cars are owned by the staff and the rest walks, bicycles, and/or busses to work.

We challenge our customers to green their commute to work/school as well as to our store. Schools, businesses, organisations, and individuals can register at the Commuter Challenge website.

 

Let’s get Green Edmonton!

- Posted April 2nd, 2015 

 

Employment Opportunity - Produce Manager

Be Part of Something Good, Come and Work with 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 items. We offer the community information and products that support good health and reduce our individual and collective ecological impact on the planet.

If you are interested in being part of a healthy and positive work environment where you can connect with good people doing good actions with a strong emphasis on community values then consider coming to work with us at Edmonton's greener grocer.

We are currently looking for a Full-Time Produce Manager (WHYTE Avenue)

New Book Titles - Smoothies, Juicing, Cleansing and Vegan

Just got a great shipment of new book titles into the store. 

Green Coffee Beans for Home Roasting

All of us are familiar with the brown roasted coffee bean. You can buy these in just about every store in Edmonton. You can find the coffee bean liquid end product in even a wider assortment of establishment – from our excellent locally owned coffee shops like Credo, Transcend, Inconclast, De Capo, etc to their multinational counterparts like Starbucks and Second Cup, at every restaurant (fast food to high end), in every office, free sometimes in your bank... well just about everywhere.

You can even find some Fair Trade and/or Certified Organic coffee at some of these places but as far as I know Earth's General Store is the only business that offers exclusively Fair Trade, certified organic coffee roasted right here in Edmonton (at our Whyte Avenue store) by us. All of these aspects are important to me: respect for the producers/growers, respect for the land, air, and water, and a local value added product while offering excellent flavour and taste.

MacEwan Marketing Students Helping out with a Strategy

A few months ago we asked people to fill out a survey to help us determine what might be some of the barriers for people to use our downtown store as part of their grocery purchases. The response was quite overwhelming (almost 100 people responded). This is taking me a very long time to digest.

Fortunately one of our customers offered to help to organise the information (thank you Ellen). Ellen was also instrumental about connecting me with a marketing professor (Fernado) at MacEwan University. Ellen and I met with the professor and he invited us to make a presentation to his class to see if they would like to take on our store as a class project.

The response from his class and another marketing class was quite flattering. Five different marketing groups from the classes are now working with our store to come up with some solutions.

We will not see anything tangible for a little while yet but I will keep you up to date on how it is going. We need to solve this problem so that we can continue to service the communities that each of our stores are part of.

Epsom Salt – Soaks Muscle Aches Away

We all get muscle aches. Sometimes it comes from overexertion such as participating in the Birkebeiner or Silver Skate this weekend, sleeping in a disagreeable position or but it always seems to come with aging.

A solution to reducing this soreness is to have hot soaks in tubs such as hot tubs, whirlpools, etc. Many of us don't have these in our houses but we can get take a hot bath to help soften up and relax our muscles. To increase the benefit of a hot bath all you have to do is add Epson Salts (magnesium sulphate) to your bath water.

Adding Epsom Salts to your bath water allows the body to absorb the magnesium into your body and to relax muscles. To have a relaxing and sedative bath/soak add two cups of Epsom Salts to your bath water.

Other uses of Epsom Salts are: