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.

Mobile Food Information Resources

Today I saw a post by Food Tank regarding apps for smart phones that helps people choose foods that are local, in season, non-GMO, health or pesticide information.

Food Revolution also has a good listing.

I thought that people reading this blog would be interested in some of them. These are links that focus on resources from the USA but some of them will relate to our foods in Canada.

Thanks for caring for our planet and thefood you choose :)

Thanksgiving Meal Deals!

Well it is coming up to another festive holiday season – Thanksgiving.

Earth's General Store has several items that our customers may be interested in and they are all on sale until October 6th. Get them early since they tend to run out before the 'big day'. 

  • Pacific Foods Whole Cranberry sauce 15% Off
  • Pacific Foods Pumpkin Puree 15% Off
  • Gardein Holiday Roast 10% Off
  • Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry en Croute Roast. This is an impressive grain meat roast that is wrapped in flaky pastry. 30% Off
  • Tofurky Roast, gravy and Feast (this has the roast, gravy, a frozen chocolate cake and even a 'wishbone' 25% Off
  • Tofurky Roast 25% Off

And of course we have a great selection of potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, squashes, and Brussel Sprouts.  All certified organic and many locally grown.

- Posted September 30th, 2014 

New Product Listing at Earth's General Store

Whew – It has been a L-O-N-G since I added a list of new items to the website.

Barry, our Health and Well-Being Manager, is really expanding the offering that he has in his section of the store.

So hang on – here is a long list:

"Best Sustainable Goods/Gift Store" Award by Vue Weekly Readers

I was just notified that we were awarded the "BEST SUSTAINABLE GOODS/GIFT STORE" from Vue Weekly readers.
 
Thank you everyone that has voted for us and submitted a response on their survey.
 
- Posted September 25th, 2015 

Scout Card - “Shop Local. Get Rewarded.” - at Earth's General Store

Many small stores can't create loyalty programs due to the cost and management it takes. A local company, Scout Card, approached me a while ago with their simple loyalty program. It is an app people can download onto their phone and a simple scanning of their QR code off their phone after a transaction is made.

If you are interested you can download the app on your mobile device – just search Scout. You can also visit their website for more information.

This is your opportunity to get a reward when you do your routine purchases at the store.

Earth's General Store is presently offering the following rewards (these will change over time – just to mix it up):

50 Frozen novelty: So Delicious, Coconut Bliss, Julies Organic

Equipment still being my bane!


Running a business is a balance – providing our customers with something they want, at a price that is fair and reasonable for them, in a convenient location, provide service when needed – while providing the business enough ‘profit’ to pay their staff a reasonable wage, pay their suppliers and landlords when needed, and to have a profit of time and energy to work on items that enrich their community.

Unfortunately I feel like I am failing our customers and a lot of it has to do with providing the services and products that people want. A large amount of this failing is being created by equipment failure. When we first opened it was refrigeration and now it is coffee roaster that we use to roast our in-house coffee and one of the point of sale (till) computers at the Downtown store.

Our coffee roaster has been down for over a week now and has cost quite a bit of money to repair but it finally looks like it is repaired. Neal is presently roasting lots of coffee to refill the bins at both store. We apologize for any stress this caused anyone.

Earth's General Store - Downtown Core's Community Food Store and Cafe!


Open for the downtown communities!

Despite what some people may think about downtown there are lots of people that live here. Thousands in fact. It is moving beyond just being an employment centre.

Several downtown businesses specifically cater to the business crowd and several focus on the visitors and people in the area – some both.  Some businesses close up when the business community exits the area. There are people that have needs after the 4:30/5:00 office hours. People that live in this area and are looking for good quality food for supper.

When we first opened downtown we were only open to 6pm as we tried to work out some of the systems that make a business work. We then extended our hours to service the downtown community - the people that live right here downtown. We extended our hours to show you that we know this and wish to be here for you. There was a person that wrote a Tweet to me about just this issue – not being able to find real food in the downtown core after 6pm. We are here to fill this need.

Extended Store Hours for Earth's General Store - WHYTE AVENUE

New expended hours at our Whyte Avenue store!

We are now going to open at 9am at the Whyte Avenue store. This will be the same weekday hours as our downtown store.

Monday through Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Please take advantage of this earlier opening so that the staff feel useful

Thanks!

- Posted September 8th, 2014

Earth's General Store - A Celebration of Our 23rd Anniversary

We started off small on September 3rd, 1991 and thanks to your support we have grown steadily over the years.

In honour of this passage of time, our valued relationship with you, and an opportunity to celebrate we are having one of our rare 15% OFF store wide sale!

This discount applies to your total bill.

So drop by this Wednesday so we can personally THANK YOU and offer you a gift of some savings. Come and join us!

This discount will be available at BOTH Stores an includes the deli downtown.

Edmonton's best Organic Prices just got better!

Great time to pick up a dehydrator or a fermentation crock pot!

-Posted August 31st, 2014

Third Annual Community League Member Appreciation Day - September 21st, 2014

For the past couple of years the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues has been coordinating a citywide Community League Day. This year it will be happening on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.