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.

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:

Green Beaver just got a little Greener - Refills!

Green Beaver is recognized as one of Canada’s good green corporations. Making a line of personal care products that include organic, gluten free, plant based and cruelty free ingredients.

One of my biggest complaints was they did not make their shampoos, conditioners, lotions and body washes in bulk… until now! Yes – right here at Earth’s General Store you can refill many of your Green Beaver personal care products AND for substantial savings.

Refill Don’t Landfill! with Green Beaver and Earth’s General Store.

- Posted March 2nd, 2012

Harsch Sauerkraut Lactic Fermentation Crocks have Arrived 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 

 


To add another dimension of healthy food preparation (adding to our dehydration, sprouting, and raw food offering) Earth’s General Store has added Harsch ceramic fermentation crocks. These are recognized as the premiere fermentation crocks.

We carry the 5 litre, 7.5 litre, and 10 litre crocks. We also brought in some hardwood wooden tampers and mandolins that are sized to shred cabbage.

The prices are:

Lots of new RAW Food Products just arrived at Earth's General Store

It seems we expand the raw food section by leaps rather than small steps.

Today we added:

  • Sacred Heart Raw Chocolates
  • Gopal’s Raw Nori Wrap Snacks
  • Irish Moss – granulated and in bulk
  • Blendtec HP3A blender
  • Raw Organic Agave syrup in bulk
  • Raw Organic Indonesian Cocoa Powder
  • Hand Cracked Organic and Raw Cashew Pieces – IN BULK
  • Sun Warrior Protein Powders – Vanilla, Natural and Chocolate flavours.
  • Better Than Roasted Raw, Sprouted and Organic Butters – Almond, Sesame, and Cashew

We now have back in stock:

  • Raw hand cracked cashews – 454gm packs
  • Botija Herbed Olives

We still have lots of Kelp Noodles – they seem to get more popular every week. It helps that places like Noorish serves them up and will shortly have them on their menu. These will only get more and more popular for people looking for healthier past like products.

- Posted January 30th, 2012

Organic Produce Being Contaminated by Pesticides!

There have been several stories in the media about organic produce having pesticide residual on them. A lot of time they don’t mention that this is not being cause on purpose but by the general poisoning of our environment by the chemical based agricultural system. Also the residual amount is less than 10% of what is found on conventional. I will take that reduction.

Some people that choose organic don’t only do it for their own well being but that they do not wish to see the planet being exposed to more toxic load than what it is presently trying to deal with. It also reduces the amount of pesticides that work in the field are exposed to. I like that!

The Certified Organic process has many protocols. If a product does not follow the protocol they cannot be considered organic.

Gift Cards/Certificates available (any denomination) from Earth's General Store

Can’t figure out what that eco person on your Christmas list would like as a gift? You are not alone. Many people turn to gift cards for those hard to buy for people and Earth’s General Store is here to help buy for a certain segment of our society.

We have products and food for the vegan, vegetarian, gluten free/celiac, book worm, new parents/new baby, eco conscious, lactose intolerant, cruelty free, raw foodists, juicers, health conscious, whole fooders, etc on your list.

So if you are unsure what to choose for your friends perhaps a gift card would help.

- Posted December 10th, 2011

Sprouting Offering Just Grew at Earth's General Store - Your Sprouting Supply Store in Edmonton!

Since Earth’s General Store evolution into organic food store we have focussed on several different aspects that are important to us: vegan/vegetarian lifestyle and foods; bulk foods; gluten free foods; lots of books to inform us how to lead a healthier and balanced life;
permaculture; organic gardening; food preservation and dehydration; raw food and sprouting.

We have offered probably the largest variety of sprouting supplies in the province for the past year. All of our sprouting seeds are certified organic and sprouting grade. Our two main suppliers of the seeds are Mumm’s and Sproutmaster.