We order the worms on Wednesday and they are delivered to the store on Friday. People that are interested in getting worms need to place an order before Wednesday so that they can ensure that worms are reserved for them. People should pick their worms up at the store over the next few days (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). The worms are sold in 1/2 pound lots (this is 1/2 pound of worms in a small bag of soil) and are sold for $45.00. A kit consists of a 53L Rubbermaid Roughtote with holes drilled out of the lid (for ventilation), 1/2 pound bag of worms, 50 litres of soil, a trowel and a marker. The kit is sold for $75.00. We offer the bins and soil separately so you can purchase components as you need them. Please contact us at 780-439-8725 to order the worms and/or worm composting kit.
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.
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.
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 can be used many times before they are too weak or damaged but like paper bags are rarely used more than once.
A few years ago I needed to use the garden space at my home to put up a shed to store items that were in storage and costing me money each month. Since then I have not had a garden and I missed having fresh food and the joy of helping plants grow.
When the store moved to the new location I had a shed built in the alleyway. It was built so that I could install a green roof (or a roof top garden) on it. Last month I planted basil, mint, pole beans, and several other items.
Unfortunately I did not obtain a permit and the city wants me to demolish the shed. Pity since the garden is growing well.
I created the roof top garden as a means to provide myself a space to produce food for myself and as a demonstration of what could be done on top of roofs – typically wasted space. If I owned this building I would make the whole flat roof a roof top garden space since it is an ideal space for that.
The invasion of the mosquitoes is making being outside not as enjoyable as it should be. The city of Edmonton could put more pesticides into more ponds, spray fields with pesticides and do several other damaging actions. People can rub on more insect repellent but many of these have toxic ingredients like DEET in them and are not recognized as safe for young children.
There are lots of things that people can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes in their neigbourhood – cut grass a little shorter than usual, remove standing water around the house, add a little bit of dish liquid to your rain barrel (plant based liquid to deter insects laying eggs in the water, or you can build/buy a bat house and put it up somewhere on your property.
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 like juicers, 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.
I was searching the Internet for information regarding rain barrels calculations this morning and I came across a webpage on the City of Edmonton website. This is good local information and I thought I would share it with you:
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”.
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.
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).
Since we opened we carried local certified organic eggs supplied by Sunshine Organics Farm and our customers have been quite pleased with the quality and price point. Sunshine Organics is a small family operation whose objective is to supply fresh organic eggs to their customers at the farmer’s market and therefore don’t have an ever increasing supply of eggs.
Well the summer markets are going to be up and running soon and therefore they are going to cut back a little on the eggs they can supply us since they need to supply their own direct customers at the downtown farmer’s market (102nd Avenue and 104th Street).
Last year when we were short we brought in certified organic eggs from BC – Rabbit River Farms. These were more expensive and definitely not local.
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