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.

Food Waste and Some Unique Strategies to Reduce Our Contribution at Earths General Store

Food is grown to nourish our bodies. A lot of labour, energy and financial resources went into getting it to our bodies. Along the way quite a bit of waste was generated (some estimate this to be as high as 40%) but we as the end consumer actually waste the largest percentage – almost 50% of this wastage. This wastage is disrespectful to the growers, the energy that went into growing and producing the food, and to the environment.

The food industry works to provide us with food for our bodies. The farmers plant the seeds, pickers pick the fruit, the machines harvest, transport companies move these products about the world. We are honour bound to respect this chain and the resources that went to produce this food for us by using it for what it was intended – to nourish our bodies.

It is estimated that in conventional about 3 - 10 calories of energy (fossil fuels, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, etc) is used to create 1 calorie of food energy. Not a very sustainable system. Food production is very resource intensive and therefore has the corresponding level of environmental footprint.

Whole Bunch of NEW Items at Earth's General Store this Week

Whew – whole bunch of great new items!

Just before I leave for a trip to Central America I have added lots of new items to our store inventory.

Cuppow Mason Jar Drinking Lids Now at Earth's General Store

 

Almost a year ago someone mentioned a product they saw in the USA called Cuppow and suggested I carry it in the store. I got hold of the manufacturer in the USA and got the product information and pricing. The store started to slow done and and decided to hold off on adding this to the store’s offering.

A former staff person returned to fill in while another staff went home to Cuba for a winter vacation and she had one. I was inspired to look into this product again and I am pleased to say that Earth’s General Store now carries Cuppow lids.

What are Cuppows? Well they are a smart little device that allows you to turn your mason jar into a drinking jar with a lid! Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words so check out this video.

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Kombucha Kits now Available at Earth's General Store

Check out my latest blog posting regarding kombucha (from Edmonton's Healthiest Store - Earth's General Store!)

A local maker (Rob Cooper) of kombucha and I have arranged to make available kits that he has assembled  at Earth’s General Store so that people can start growing their own kombucha in their home.kombucha

Rob has been making kombucha for Noorish Cafe.  Earlier this month Rob facilitated a sold out kombucha workshop at our store.

The kits come with a culture (Scoby) in a mason jar and an accompanying paper bag that contains three tea samples for flavourings, link to his online instructions  for care, maintenance and use, and a reusable cotton tea bag for brewing.

Of course we also offer lots of flavouring ingredients for you to choose from – a wide selection of Fair Trade and/or Organic teas like: Berry Berry, Rooibos Maple, Rooibos Peach, Blueberry, Raspberry and more.

Who Owns Who?

Not all food is on a level playing field. Not all organic is equal. Where does it come from? Are the workers treated equably? Who owns the company manufacturing the food? Below is a classic poster about the organic/natural food industry. Most of the companies that manufacture ‘junk’ or confectionaries have purchased ‘organic or natural’ food companies to diversify and to wedge themselves into this expanding market.

Water Kefir Kits now available at Earth's General Store

Check out the latest information about water and Milk Kefir kits available at Earth's General Store in Edmonton. See my blog

Over the years many people have asked us for kefir grains to make their own probiotic drinks. Well now I am very pleased to announce that Earth’s General Store is the first store in Edmonton to retail this beneficial product.

Last weekend we hosted a very successful fermentation workshop and during the workshop we launched the kefir product.

Many people are hungry, or should I say thirsty, for this product and I am happy to now make it available to people.

The Kefir kits consist of a mason jar with kefir grains accompanied by a paper bag with a plastic wide mouth funnel, instructions, a YouTube link, and a filtering bag.

These kits are grown and put together by a person right here in Edmonton.

Kefir consumption is recommended by several well known health advocates including Body Ecology.

Fall is the Season for Preserving! Harsch Sauerkraut Lactic Fermentation Crocks and Dehydrators at Earth's General Store

Our supplier has stopped supplying the Harsch Fermentation Crocks. I have sourced some Polish crocks and an updated price list and information can be found at this blog post

The leaves are turning and the gardens are cleaned of their bounties. Now the work begins to preserve the bounty of your work (or picking up a load at the local farmer’s market and/or from Earth’s General Store).

Many more people are looking at storing beyond freezing and canning. They are seeking out ways to pickle produce in a healthier way than with vinegar or extending the life of food. Fermentation and dehydration are two excellent forms of food preservation that is experiencing a great resurgence.

Earth’s General Store is the local supply leader for Harsch Fermentation Crocks and Excalibur Dehydrators.

Ever Expanding BULK Spice and Herb Offering at Earth's General Store

We are slowly expanding our herb and spice bulk selection. Today we added Green Cardamon Pods, Raw Carob Powder, Asafoetida Powder (Hing Powder), Ras El Hanout Spice Blend (a essential Moroccan spice) Spanish Paprika powder and Black Pepper powder (we only carried the black peppercorns – as well as the white ones) to our excellent offer.

These spices and ingredients complement our extensive offering of culinary ingredients. I do not believe you will find any other place in Edmonton and possible in Western Canada that offers such a wide assortment of bulk herbs, spices and cooking/baking ingredients – many of which are certified organic.

Many items we can’t get at the moment in a certified Organic version but being bulk certainly helps address many other environmentally negatives that regular over packaged herbs and spices cause.

Earth's General Store has laid a VEGG!

A what?

A few weeks ago a person sent me a note about the Vegg product so I followed up and ordered some. I am proud to say that, as far as I know, Earth’s General Store is the first store on the Canadian prairies to carry the Vegg product.

What is The VEGG? First off the word is a contraction of vegan egg. This product is made from nutritional yeast flakes, sodium alginate (a gum extracted from brown algae), Kala Namak (this is a salt that coincidentally we also sell at the store) and beta carotene.

From my research people can make some interesting things from it. header

Anyway – Earth’s General Store strives to stock products that support the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle. Being the first company east of Vancouver carrying Daiya cheese products, Field roasts and sausages and Tofurky vegan pizzas adding the Vegg to our product offering is just what we do.

Pure Vegan Vitamin B12, Vitamin D2 and DHA now at Earth's General Store

Many vegetarians and vegans supplement their diet with a Vitamin B12 source. Many of the B-12 supplements out there are animal based. Earth’s General Store is pleased to be able to offer a “Pure Vegan” version of this important nutrient.

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[From their website] ”Pure Vegan's B-12 Spray is a cut above other vitamin B12 products since it's in the methylcobalamin form. Methylcobalamin is the most absorbable form of vitamin B12. This is extremely important when taking a vitamin B12 supplement, especially for a vegan diet. Since B12 is found mainly in meat sources, a vegan diet is often deficient in this important daily vitamin.