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.

Whole Bunch of NEW Items at Earth's General Store this Week

Whew – whole bunch of great new items!

Just before I leave for a trip to Central America I have added lots of new items to our store inventory.

Master Cleanse Grade B Maple Syrup in Canada

So when Stanley Burroughs first developed the ‘Master Cleanse’ he listed Grade B Maple Syrup as one of the main ingredients. Grade B is a grade designation particular to the USA – Canada (who produces the majority of maple syrup in the world) has a different grading system (Grade 1, 2 and 3) and to confuse it even further there are subcategories and an older grading system. Canada used to use an alpha grading system but moved to a numeric one (probably just to reduce confusion with the USA grades).

The reason why Mr. Burroughs chose this grade was that it had more nutrition value and heavier flavour than the lighter grade used on pancakes. I also believe he used this because the heavier grades (B and No. 3) have more substance and can glom only stuff better for cleaning out the body. What he may have been unaware of is that Canada has a lower grade than the USA Grade B and has even more of the properties that I believe he was looking for (Canadian Number 3 – Dark).

New Products at Earth's General Store

Well quite a few more new items at the store this week. Finding items that fit into the criteria and philosophy of the store is difficult and challenging.

Cuppow Mason Jar Drinking Lids Now at Earth's General Store

 

Almost a year ago someone mentioned a product they saw in the USA called Cuppow and suggested I carry it in the store. I got hold of the manufacturer in the USA and got the product information and pricing. The store started to slow done and and decided to hold off on adding this to the store’s offering.

A former staff person returned to fill in while another staff went home to Cuba for a winter vacation and she had one. I was inspired to look into this product again and I am pleased to say that Earth’s General Store now carries Cuppow lids.

What are Cuppows? Well they are a smart little device that allows you to turn your mason jar into a drinking jar with a lid! Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words so check out this video.

Cuppow

Kombucha Kits now Available at Earth's General Store

Check out my latest blog posting regarding kombucha (from Edmonton's Healthiest Store - Earth's General Store!)

A local maker (Rob Cooper) of kombucha and I have arranged to make available kits that he has assembled  at Earth’s General Store so that people can start growing their own kombucha in their home.kombucha

Rob has been making kombucha for Noorish Cafe.  Earlier this month Rob facilitated a sold out kombucha workshop at our store.

The kits come with a culture (Scoby) in a mason jar and an accompanying paper bag that contains three tea samples for flavourings, link to his online instructions  for care, maintenance and use, and a reusable cotton tea bag for brewing.

Of course we also offer lots of flavouring ingredients for you to choose from – a wide selection of Fair Trade and/or Organic teas like: Berry Berry, Rooibos Maple, Rooibos Peach, Blueberry, Raspberry and more.

Michael Kalmanovitch to Receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from MP Linda Duncan on December 8th, 2012

The other day I was contacted and informed that Linda Duncan had selected me to be a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. I was quite surprised to hear this while at the same time other feelings kind of flooded through me – ashamed, humbled, pleased, stunned. 

On Saturday, December 8th Linda Duncan will be presenting the 30 people she has selected to receive this award (each Member of Parliament is responsible for awarding 30 medals) at a hotel in Strathcona. I will be attending with my son and Earth's General Store's manager, Tammy Sluzar.

I am very grateful to Linda Duncan for this recognition of the work that the store does in our a community. The work we do can only be done through the support by the large community of people that support the store, those that share our passion of a just and saner world, and those that share their love with us.

Thank you everyone. You make all things possible. 

Who Owns Who?

Not all food is on a level playing field. Not all organic is equal. Where does it come from? Are the workers treated equably? Who owns the company manufacturing the food? Below is a classic poster about the organic/natural food industry. Most of the companies that manufacture ‘junk’ or confectionaries have purchased ‘organic or natural’ food companies to diversify and to wedge themselves into this expanding market.

Water Kefir Kits now available at Earth's General Store

Check out the latest information about water and Milk Kefir kits available at Earth's General Store in Edmonton. See my blog

Over the years many people have asked us for kefir grains to make their own probiotic drinks. Well now I am very pleased to announce that Earth’s General Store is the first store in Edmonton to retail this beneficial product.

Last weekend we hosted a very successful fermentation workshop and during the workshop we launched the kefir product.

Many people are hungry, or should I say thirsty, for this product and I am happy to now make it available to people.

The Kefir kits consist of a mason jar with kefir grains accompanied by a paper bag with a plastic wide mouth funnel, instructions, a YouTube link, and a filtering bag.

These kits are grown and put together by a person right here in Edmonton.

Kefir consumption is recommended by several well known health advocates including Body Ecology.

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.

New to Canada! Excalibur Dehydrators with Built in Timers!

See blog post at http://egs.ca/node/299 for more details on these dehydrators and all our other models.

Over the years any people have asked us for the Excalibur dehydrators with the built in timers but Excalibur did not offer them to retail stores or online stores – you could only purchase this model directly from them. This made it difficult for Canadian customers because then they would have to pay the shipping and the costs of crossing the border.

Recently Excalibur changed its policy on this and I am product to say that, as far as I know, Earth’s General Store is the first retail store in Canada to offer these new to Canada dehydrators.

We have the timer models in the 5 and 9 shelf model (models 3526TB and 3926TB respectively).

9-Tray Excalibur w/Timer

The built in timer is a 26-hour count down type timer. These models also have the ten year manufacturers warranty.