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.

New Items at Earths General Store

Earth’s General Store continuously expands our selection of Organic, Fair Trade, Vegan/Vegetarian and Raw Food items. This month I am very pleased to let people know we have some excellent products. Some of them are new to not only our store but to Edmonton (such as bulk organic olive oil, bulk organic sesame oil, bulk organic almond meal).

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.

planting-chart-prairies.pdf-page-001

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

- Posted February 6th, 2014

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 :).

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:

Perfect Pickler(TM) Now Available at Earth's General Store

Earth’s General Store has lead the way to reintroducing fermentation to our local community with workshops, crocks, organic cabbage and a large selection of books.Perfect Pickler Kit

Today we have added another tool so that people can make their own fermented foods right in their own home… the PerfectPickler (TM).

 Perfect Pickler

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.

New Books at Edmonton's Favourite Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw Food Book Source

Today we received some new titles (more new titles coming next week):

  • Soup’s On! More than 100 Quick and Easy Recipes
  • Vegetarian Tagines and Couscous: 65 Delicious Recipes
  • Year-Round Vegetable Gardener
  • 4-Ingredient Vegan Easy, Quick and Delicious Recipes
  • 500 Greatest Ever Vegetarian Recipes

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

Just What Are the Little Stickers on Fruit and Vegetables Trying to Tell Us?

As many people are aware – fruits and vegetables that you buy from grocery stores (like Earth’s General Store) have little plastic stickers on them. These stickers carry information on them – mostly to help store staff identify and correctly price these items.

The numbering system is controlled by the International Federation of Produce Standards. This is the organisation that create and control the 4 digit base code for produce.  This four digit code is called a Price Lookup Code or PLU for short. This four digit code can provide information to the retailer to let them know the difference between a field and a hot house tomato. The little sticker can also have added information on it like which country it comes from. And there is more…

For example, all banana (the usual Cavendish that we see on our shelves) have a base four digit code of 4011. This identifies the item as this type of banana to differentiate it from the other dozen or so varieties. More important to Earth’s General Store and our customers is that the Federation also added a fifth digit to items that are grown in accordance to certified organic practices.