BC Apple Season is Here

At Earth’s General Store we love being able to source a wider variety of apples that you don’t see in chain supermarkets. Variety is important to us as well as appreciating the texture, taste, history, the terroir, the labour standards, distance, relationship, etc of the food we offer at our store. Apples come in such variety. We think it is important to offer variety to our customers.

Fair Trade Month – Fruits

Earth’s General Store has been a pioneer for providing Fair Trade Certified products and information to the citizens of Edmonton for almost a quarter of a century. More fresh fruit products are becoming Fair Trade Certified. Over the past few years grapefruits, avocados, pineapples (periodically) , mangoes have joined bananas as being available on a …

Fair Trade Month – Tea

Tea is an extremely popular beverage. It is consumed throughout the world. Every culture had some kind of leaf that they infused in water. When we ‘normally’ use the term tea though we mean a hot liquid made from the Camellia sinensis plant. All Black, green, white, oolong, etc teas come from this plant. It …

Fair Trade Month – Coffee!

Ah Coffee! A very popular beverage in most of the world. Coffee is the second most valued commodity traded around the world. Only the trade in petroleum commodities is of higher value. (Of course this is legally traded commodities since it is estimated that there could be some drug that are valued higher). There are …

Fair Trade Month – Bananas!

Several years ago Bananas became the most popular fruit in North America replacing the apple. They are popular, they are tasty, they are inexpensive, and they come with a hidden price tag. Bananas are big business. Large corporations have controlled banana production, marketing, distribution and, directly and indirectly, the welfare of the people and environment …

Milkweed Plants and Butterfly Food

We have all heard about the devastating effect that GMO pollution has caused on the butterfly population in many areas. The die off of the butterflies, especially the monarch butterfly, is related to the loss of their most important food source – the milkweed. The best way to help the butterflies is to stop supporting …

#Yeg Coffee Week and Green Coffee Beans for Home Roasting

All of us are familiar with the brown roasted coffee bean. You can buy these in just about every store in Edmonton. You can find the coffee bean liquid end product in even a wider assortment of establishment – from our excellent locally owned coffee shops like Credo, Transcend, Inconclast, De Capo, etc to their …

Mobile Food Information Resources

Today I saw a post by Food Tank regarding apps for smart phones that helps people choose foods that are local, in season, non-GMO, health or pesticide information. I thought that people reading this blog would be interested in some of them. These are links that focus on resources from the USA but some of them will relate to our foods in Canada.

Seed Time is Coming Up

Gardens take a bit of planning – specially if you want to start you transplant seedlings that you grow yourself. We get certified organic seeds from a variety of seed houses: Harmonic Seeds (Barrhead, AB), Urban Harvest (Toronto, ON), and West Coast Seeds (Lower Mainland, BC). We offer certified organic seeds, open pollinated, some hybrids (when open pollinated is not available for a variety), heirlooms varieties, and local seeds.

Just What Are the Little Stickers on Fruit and Vegetables Trying to Tell Us?

As many people are aware – fruits and vegetables that you buy from grocery stores (like Earth’s General Store) have little plastic stickers on them. These stickers carry information on them – mostly to help store staff identify and correctly price these items. The numbering system is controlled by the International Federation of Produce Standards. This is the organisation that create and control the 4 digit base code for produce. This four digit code is called a Price Lookup Code or PLU for short. This four digit code can provide information to the retailer to let them know the difference between a field and a hot house tomato. The little sticker can also have added information on it like which country it comes from. And there is more…