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.

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.

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

- Posted February 6th, 2014

Travel Blog from my Trip to Guatemala and Mexico

I have now returned to Edmonton sans bicycle (I will get to that story shortly) from my journey to Guatemala and Mexico.

My trip was enjoyable and somewhat relaxing. There were some unusual connections made - Running into Kevin Schmidt in Valladolid (who then had his iPhone stolen), running into friends of Tad Hargreaves at the Mayan ruins of Cobá , running into people at a hotel that were also there last March, finding a iPhone on the side of the road and starting the process of getting it returned to the owners, having coffee in a coffee shop in San Cristobal de las Casas and starting a conversation with the woman on the next table and she being the only person in the city that could tell me the person that I was intending to meet up was not in Palenque but in San Cristobal de las Casas – thank you Universe.

I saw some wonderful scenes, met some beautiful people, did some good exercise and felt sadness, joy, energy, love, depression and frustration.

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

List of Permaculture Books at Earth's General Store

Someone asked me to provide her a list of the permaculture books that we carry. When I wrote the list I did not realize we had so many.

Permaculture Farm Resources

I thought I would share it with everyone else. This list does not include our books on Organic Gardening, beekeeping, chicken coops, house building and such. AND definitely not including our listing of Vegan, Vegetarian, Plant Based and Raw recipe books which would be about 10 times longer :).

New Items for the Holiday Season

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:

The Importance of Organic

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.
So here it is.

My Potato Project; The Importance of "Organic"

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.

My responses:

1. that the pesticide industry has contaminated the world and my food. They should be responsible for ensuring that their product stays out of the fields where my food is grown and off my food choices!

Earth's General Store is Edmonton's Source Raw & Super Foods

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 Fatigue

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.

GO Max Go Chocolate Bars are BACK! AND there is a New One!

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.

Go Max GO Display All Vegan