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.

Saving Money With Organics

Some people in our society say that purchasing organic is too expensive my response has been conventional food is too cheap. The conventional food industry tries to produce a commodity for as little cost as possible, being competitive in the marketplace and making as much profit for their corporation as possible.

There are some big players in the organic food industry and not everything is produced with as little ecological footprint as possible or even ethically but I believe it is better than the alternative.

There are several ways that people can eat organic while reducing the costs. These ‘rules’ apply not only to organic but also the conventional food system.

Earth's General Store Idle Free Zone Parking Lot

Media Advisory

February 8th, 2011

Local Store Creates Idle Free Zone Parking Lot


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Edmonton – On February 2nd, 2011 Earth’s General Store erected ‘Idle Free Zone’ signs around their parking lot to let vehicle operators know that they should consider the health of the community before leaving their vehicle running while they are visiting the store.

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“It looks like city council is not going create an excessive idling bylaw which will make Edmonton a healthier city therefore we need to independently create awareness and idling free zones and hopefully this will bring about change in our community,” says Earth's General Store owner Michael Kalmanovitch.

New 35% Hydrogen Peroxide 4 Litres Size!

The sales of Hydrogen Peroxide from Gold Top Organics has been going well since we started to bring this item into the store – surprisingly well in fact. Quite a few people purchased several bottles at a time and inquired about larger sizes being available.

On our latest order I brought in 4 Litre jugs of the 35% Hydrogen Peroxide. This will save people about 10% over purchasing this amount in the 1 Litre containers.

- Posted Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Bulk Purchases Are Available - Save Money

Before I expanded the store to include food I would purchase bags of rice and popcorn in large 25 pound( 11.34kg) bags. Over the past year several people have come into the store and asked – do we sell bags of grains, cases of beans, etc? The answer is yes!

When people order products in case lots we give them a 5% discount. If you wish to know what something will cost multiply the kilogramme price (or individual item) by the number of units in a case/bag.

So if you are interested in saving a bit of money on certified organic products come in, phone (780-439-8725) or email (egs at shawbiz.ca – remove spaces and put the usual @ symbol between egs and shawbiz) an order in and we will let you know when it is ready for pick up. The usual turn around is one week.

- Posted Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Expanded Herbal Tea Selection

A week ago a customer mentioned that we don’t have a great selection of herbal tea (caffeine free). Well I promptly ordered in several bulk teas from one of our suppliers and now I think we have a pretty decent selection. Of course my selection was somewhat curtailed to items that were certified organic.

The new teas (herbal and green) I ordered in and are on the shelf in our ‘tea land’ area and are:

No Junk Mail Stickers and Information from Earth's General Store

It is one of those subjects where just about everyone has some emotional response to – JUNK imageMAIL! Bring it up at a party and you are sure to start a conversation. My experience is that only about 1-2% of people like getting junk mail and 2 - 3% of people really dislike it and the balance are ambivalent – taking no action either way.

One of the tools that usually works is a sign on your mail box to let the carrier know you do not wish to receive unaddressed mailings (flyers, handbills, solicitations, etc). These can be as simple as a hand written request or metal signs from a hardware store. No matter what the form of your sign it depends on the respect that the carrier gives your request. Flyer delivery people are paid by the number of flyers that they deliver and quite often do not heed signs.

New Products this Week At Earth's General Store

I continue to expand the store’s inventory and this week is no exception. This past week we added the following to our shelves:

Fresh Organic Free Run Eggs

Customers continue to enjoy the quality of the eggs we offer from Sunshine Organic. Sunshine Organic eggs are produced 100 kilometres from Edmonton and every two weeks Sherry and Ed (the owners) come into Edmonton to drop meat and eggs orders.

These eggs are certified organic and are also Free Range/Free Run. During the summer they Free Range chickens and are let out into the fields after 1:00pm. During the winter they have free run of the large barn where they can access the laying hutches, flap their wings, scratch in the dirt floor and have dirt baths.

I also suggest that you read the articles at Veg.ca and Suite101 with their views of labels and what the conventional industry looks like. We can only hope that the ‘industry’ improves over time. I trust that the family that produces our eggs treats their animals well.

Expansion of Organic Bulk Herb & Spice Selection

This past week I added several new items to our bulk herb and spice offering.

Our selection now contains:

Excalibur Dehydrators and Accessories Have Arrived - Let the Raw Begin!

Today we received a large order of Excalibur dehydrators complete with accessories – so now we have lots of 9 shelf dehydrators (a couple of them are already spoken for). We also received several spiral vegetable slicers (Spirooli) by Paderno/World Cuisine, Joyce Chen Spiral Slicer (Saladacco) and V-Slicers (mandolins).

SPIRAL SLICER JOYCE CHEN SALADACCO VEGETABLE SLICER

We also have timers that will control when your dehydrators turns off. I like the idea of a timer that is not built into the actual dehydrator unit since it works out usually to be less expensive, if the timer breaks you replace it or just plug your unit into the wall (if the timer was built into the dehydrator then you won’t be able to use the dehydrator until it is repaired), and you can use the timer for other needs around the home when it is not needed to control the dehydration duration.