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.

Essential Oils in Bulk - Save Oodles of Money!

Well another first. Several months ago Earth’s General Store started to offer a limited variety of essential oils in bulk. I figured this would reduce the price for people AND eliminate all those pretty but small bottles – like 7.4mL, 10mL and 15mL.

I was right about the price savings. Though the price on our decanting bottles looks kind of scary ($399.00 per kilogram for certified organic Lavender essential oil) when it is put into a 10mL bottle the price works out to about $4.00. Elsewhere in the store we offer organic essentials oils in small bottles from a couple of suppliers. To give you an idea about the saving that you would make if you refilled your own bottle a bottle of one of our brands of bottled lavender would cost you $12.45 for 7.4mL. Most people feel this is a good price. This works out to over $1,680 per kilogram. So if you refilled this same bottle when it became empty you would be charged about $2.95.

Do you want to save 75% on your purchase?

Miso

Many people ask me at the store about Miso. Though I have only been using miso for about 15 years I am certainly not an expert on it. I sometimes use it in stews, soups, pasta sauce (I use a Gado-Gado peanut butter concoction), rice bowls, and sometimes in stir fries.

When the store evolved to include food I of course added miso as one of the products in the limited cooler space. I consider miso a healthy food product. Miso is a fermented product and is recognized as a healthy product for our bodies since it introduces flora to our lower intestinal tract.

Miso is based on fermented soybeans but then other grains are added and this develops more complex flavours. This fermentation is due to the introduction of a starter culture called koji.

There are several misos but they are considered either sweet or dark.

Sweet miso is lighter in colour and milder in flavour. It has been aged for a lesser period of time (the longer a miso is aged the stronger the flavour becomes).

Dark miso is aged more than 2 years.  It is higher in protein, stronger in flavour, and has a higher salt content.

A word of caution is needed in reference to miso and it’s salt content. It can be high! The darker misos have higher salt content than the sweeter misos.

Bags, Bags, Bags! - Reuse Your Bags and Be the Change!

Years ago the consumer was faced with the dilemma at the checkout counter with the decision – paper or plastic?

Each one had its advantages and disadvantages.

Plastic bags use a very small amount of petroleum to be created, can be used several times, and the end product takes up a very small space in the landfill. When people recycle the plastic bag the city is faced trying to find a customer to purchase all this waste material – there is not a high demand for this recycled material and usually at a very poor price.

Paper Bags made from renewable resource and can be recycled with paper products. When they go into the landfill they breakdown and will form methane (a Greenhouse gas that has about 23 times the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide).

Plastic bags can be used many times before they are too weak or damaged but like paper bags are rarely used more than once.

Biodegradable or compostable bags are options and work quite well in some situations. Compostable bags are made from plant based materials that bacteria can access and break down the bag – entirely into compost. Compostable bags Biodegradable bags 

More RAW Food Products and Tools at Earth's General Store

Raw foods are extremely good for our bodies. Many people are exploring this type/style of eating and living. Earth’s General Store is providing more and more products, tools (appliances Excalibur dehydrators, nut milk bags, slicers, spiralizers, etc) for people that choose this healthier way of eating. Some people say it is in fact the healthiest diet for humans and other animals.

Today we received from one of our suppliers more Coconut Secrets Coconut Aminos, Coconut Secrets Coconut Crystals, Coconut Secrets Coconut Nectar, Hurom Slow Juicers, Nama Shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce), Sea Spaghetti, Raw Sushi Nori Sheets, and Kelp Noodles.

35% Hydrogen Peroxide Information

Today a fellow came into the store to purchase a one litre bottle of 35% hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) and we got chatting about the uses of this product. He wanted to try it out after doing some reading on the internet (he was a scientist and wanted to see if he could use it for what was ailing himself and his wife).

He talked about a couple of sites on the internet that he read and liked and offered to email the links to me so I could post them on this blog. Well he was very true to his offer and a short time later I received the information. One site was Hydrogen Peroxide - Curse or Cure? and he also suggested the book: “The One-Minute Cure: The Secret to Healing Virtually All Diseases”.

Vegan Chocolate Bars that Taste Like Your Old Favourites

Many people that are vegans or lactose intolerant can’t eat the ‘standard’ chocolate/candy bars out there like – Snickers, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, and Almond Joy (though personally I have not heard of this last one). Go Max Go – a company in the USA decided to make very similar version and from what I can tell from all the people that have asked me to bring these in that they fit the bill very well.

Excalibur Dehydrators Available Locally in Edmonton

So it seems that people quite like the 3500 and 3900 models of the Excalibur Dehydrators and so we have increased the number of these models with this latest shipment.

We now offer the 2400, 2500, 2900, 3500 and 3900 models as part of our inventory as well as the 3526T and 3926T (with 26 hour timers).

These are the complete models we have in stock complete with the specifications, pricing, and added items (you get some sheets with the purchase of your Excalibur dehydrator).

Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles Now Available at Earth's General Store

Kelp Noodles are a sea vegetable in the form of an easy to eat raw noodle. Made of only kelp (a sea vegetable), sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from a brown seaweed), and water, Kelp Noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories. Their noodle form and neutral taste allow for a variety of uses including salads, stir-fries, hot broths, and casseroles, while their healthful content provides a rich source of trace minerals including iodine, which kelp is well known for. Their unique texture completes the package, making Kelp Noodles a one-of-a-kind healthful and tasty alternative to pasta and rice noodles. Best of all, no cooking is required. Just rinse and add the noodles to any dish and they are ready to eat! [from their website – Kelp Noodles]

I have been asked for this product several times over the past year and I finally found a source that makes it easy to offer it in the store (instead of ordering it in from the USA).

Plastic Bag Dryer

Plastic Bag Dryer - Recycling Kitchen ToolWe have been offering these very useful for many years. I am always taken by how simple yet complicated this design for this item. The plastic bag dryer works as it is suppose to and should give customers many years of satisfaction.

We offer these for $18.00 plus GST.

- Posted Thursday, March 311st, 2011

Price Comparison for Planet Organic and Earth's General Store

The other week I was in Safeway and decided to gather pricing for the organic items they carried and then I compared it to the prices in Earth’s General Store. You can see this blog here.

Many people have remarked about our lower prices (especially bulk) when compared to Planet Organic so earlier this week (I have not been to their store since last fall) I went and spent some time (an hour or so) walking around their store and recording prices.

Anyway. I wrote down quite an extensive list and I produced a spreadsheet of their prices as of Tuesday, March 15th, 2011. I just finished entering in our prices.

As with the Safeway price comparison we certainly have the best prices on organic herbs and spices, coffee (Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic – and our coffee is roasted fresh right here at our store), and bulk grains and beans.