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.

Green Acts Rewards - YOUR Action Make a Difference

The results of your green actions over the last period has created the purchase of a bicycle for a person in Africa (World Bicycle Relief), money to Bikeology (the local organization that coordinates Bike Month – in June), and money to the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society (EBC).

A total of over $400 will be distributed to these groups (it was a longer period than usual).

Thank you for reusing your shopping bags, refilling your containers and walking, bicycling and using transit to commute to the store.

Small actions add up and we can make a difference.

The recipients for the next period will be ACT Alberta, The Gulabi Gang, and The Metta School in Nepal.

 

Local Organic Produce at Earth's General Store

This year we were able to expand our offering of locally grown organic produce. We helped The Organic Box out by taking some of their excess produce, we continued our relationship with Sparrow's Nest Organics and we added a great variety of produce from Mans Organics in Coaldale, AB.

As the season change we will adjusting what we can obtain from local organic growers and will move our supply sources to BC, Washington, Oregon, California, and Mexico (in that order).

Currently we have the following produce from Coaldale, Alberta:

  • Long English cucumbers
  • 6 packs of Mini Cucumbers
  • White onions
  • red onions
  • yellow onions (bulk)
  • shallots
  • squash (almost all of our squash this fall has come from Coaldale. The only exceptions were pumpkins, acorn squash, and the occasional Butternut or Carnival squash. Currently, we have Black Futsu, Butternut, Buttercup, Delicata, Spaghetti, Baby Blue Hubbard, and Red Kuri)
  • tomatoes - Beefsteak, Cherry clamshells, and Cocktail

We also still have 25# bags of potatoes from Dapp, AB for $20!!! Amazing deal on local potatoes!

Over the summer we had the following items from a variety of sources:

Earth's General Store DOWNTOWN - Cash Mobbed!

Earlier this month Cash Mob and the Local Good brought the focus of a crowd to Earth's General Store Downtown. They recognize the value that Earth's General Store brings to Edmonton and to the Downtown community and want to see us survive. Thank you Cash Mob YEG and The Local Good for honouring us by mobbing us :)

Shaw TV did a thorough job of documenting the Cash Mob (Thank you Shaw TV). You can watch the video clip on YouTube.

Putting money in our local economy is VERY important for me because I understand the value it brings to our greater community. Cash Mobbing highlights this in an enjoyable event but it needs to be an ongoing process/commitment. It can't be a one off token gesture. It means that instead of spending all you money in one business – multinational or even local you spread it around and try and put the money in as many locally owned businesses/services that one can.

- Posted October 16th, 2014

Wonderful Dry and Warm Fall is NOT Great for OUR Trees - Water Your Trees for the Winter

It has been a really wonderful fall this year but it has been very dry. Our trees are going to into their dormant state – leaves are falling and the ground will start to freeze. To embark on this phase of their lives they usually have ground moisture to not only help them move their nutrients through their hydrological system but if there is not enough moisture in the ground to adequate freeze their root mass they run the risk of sudden temperature rises throughout the winter months.

Just like all of us trees need a healthy sleep. They don’t like being disturbed by temperature changes that can wake them up. If this happens it weakens them and make them susceptible to diseases.

Dry ground doesn’t freeze. It is the moisture in the soil that freezes and the bigger the block of ice water the more resistant it is to thawing. One way to help them out at this time of transition is to thoroughly soak the ground around their roots.

The best way to do this is to use a root watering spike. The ones you can buy at most greenhouse/garden centres/hardware stores is like the one in the photograph below (I got mine from Apache Seeds several years ago). This put the water directly into the ground a couple of feet down.

 

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 :)

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 

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