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.

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.

b12 spray

[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.

Little Creek Salad Dressings now available at Earth's General Store

Quite a few people asked me to stock the Little Creek salad dressings over the past few months and so recently I started a conversation with the company that makes them. They are based out of Kelowna in the Okanogan and started their business in a small organic way.

They are not certified organic and that was what delayed me deciding to have them as a stock item until I did a little further investigation and found out that the majority of their items are organic – especially the oils.

So we now carry the ‘Original’, ‘Cesar’, ‘Spicy Strawberry’ and ‘Cherry Balsamic’.  They are also vegan products.

AND as a first in Edmonton (as far as I know) you can refill your Original and Cesar  dressing and save a glass bottle. Another first for Earth’s General Store.

Another First for Earth's General Store and Edmonton - BULK Soap Nuts

We have just received an order of soap nuts (after being out of stock for a couple of months. Being a little frustrated with our supply, partly because they didn’t have the bags to repackage the soap nuts, I decided to start stocking them in bulk.

AND you can save over 20% over the packaged price.

I like that – less packaging and saving money.

Let the cleaning begin!

- Posted May 12th, 2012

Holy Crap is "Holy Crap" Over Priced!

Some time ago, like 18 months, customers were asking me to bring in a product called “Holy Crap”. I did some research and contacted the company to see if I could bring it into the store. I was advised the price of a case and realized it was a very high priced item. They weren’t able to supply me at that time because they were so busy fulfilling orders following their pitch on “Dragon’s Den”.

Then some people started to come into the store to buy the ingredients that were in “Holy Crap” – chia seeds (black), hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds), hulled buckwheat, cranberries (they don’t say on the package whether the cranberries are sweetened or not), raisins, little cubes of dried apples, and cinnamon. Seems simple enough so they just bought the ingredients and mixed them up.

Earth's General Store is RAW FOOD Central in Edmonton

We hear it all the time – “you have the best selection of raw food products in Edmonton”. Yes we have packaged raw food items but we are probably the only store in Canada that offers refills for many of the raw foods.

We have raw food snack bars, chocolate bars, kale chips, lots of crackers, olives (in brine and dehydrated), cocao butter, cacao nibs (packaged and Bulk), cacao powder (packaged and Bulk), mulberries, mesquite (packaged and Bulk), spirulina (bulk), chlorella (bulk), lots of seeds for sprouts (packaged and Bulk), a great selection of coconut oil, coconut vinegar, coconut aminoes (packaged and Bulk), coconut sugar (packaged and Bulk), coconut nectar (packaged and Bulk), yacon syrup/nectar (bulk), and many more!

AND NEW today we added raw coconut meat, raw cocao butter, raw chickpea miso, and raw chocolate macaroons.

Coconut Oil and Butters - A Great Selection at Earth's General Store

All of the coconut oil sold at Earth's General Store is certified organic.

Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is quickly processed in our bodies. Coconut oil contains high levels of lauric acid which is converted in the body to monolaurin. Monolaurin has been shown to be very good a fighting disease. Unlike other saturated oils coconut oil also has considerable levels of medium (MCT - medium chain triglycerides) and short chain fatty acids which have been shown to provide a variety of health benefits to humans (lowering cholesterol, food digestion, absorption of vitamins/nutrients and lowering blood pressure).

Earth's General Store offers coconut oil from the following suppliers (in alphabetical order):

Labels - 'Organic' versus 'Natural' - An Explanation from The Organic Network

Organic vs. Natural [from The Organic Network website]

What’s the difference? Is there a difference? We’re here to help you understand that there is a difference!

USDA OrganicWhen products are labeled with the USDA Organic symbol, here’s what you can expect and trust:

  • No toxic synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fumigants
  • No chemical fertilizers or sewer sludge used as fertilizer
  • No planting of genetically engineered crops or use of cloned animals
  • No synthetic hormones or antibiotics
  • No artificial preservatives
  • No artificial colors or synthetic flavors and sweeteners
  • No trans fats
  • No irradiation

And what is the definition of “natural?” Well, it varies. According to the USDA, there is no clear definition, nor any enforceable standard within the food industry, though many natural products are marketed as “sustainable” with one or more of the following claims: