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.

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.

Oils for Health - Hemp, Flax, Sesame, Coconut, Canola, Sunflower, Safflower, Walnut, Olive and Omega Oil Blends

Our bodies need oils (and fats) for a variety of body functions. Unfortunately our industrialized food system add inferior oils and fats into the manufactured foods they provide and we end up consuming more oils and fats than we require and typically processed food contain some of the worse foods for our body – transfats for example.

The majority of the oils that we stock at Earth’s General Store are certified organic – except for a few exception (we cannot get certified organic versions of walnut oil and toasted sesame oil, and peanut oil).

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.