Monthly Archives: October 2014

Did you know…??

Did you know…??

“Under the current global system, 73 cents of every dollar spent on food goes to production, distribution and advertisement. The farmer pockets seven cents.”

“Local Foods Rebuild Health and Economies.” 2012. 26 Oct. 2014 <>


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It’s Possible to Buy Washington Apples in Rural China (and That’s Not a Good Thing)

It’s Possible to Buy Washington Apples in Rural China (and That’s Not a Good Thing)

By Morgan Dolan


“I, as the resident globetrotter of the General Store team, have recently been in Zhuhai, a small city in the Pearl River Delta.

The Pearl River Delta is a region in Guangdong Province home to the largest concentration of businesses in China. Huge cities like Guangzhou (population 13 million), Shenzhen (10 million), and Dongguan (8 million) are all within an hour from each other. The semi-autonomous states of Hong Kong and Macau also reside to the south of the Delta.

The little town of Zhuhai is not more than an hour away from any of these mega-cities. Of course by little town, I do mean a population of 1.5 million (this constitutes a little town by Delta standards). It is also about 30 minutes from Zhuhai to the countryside. Outside the cities, the Pearl River Delta quickly reverts back to rice paddies and farmland.


Zhuhai Countryside


Being so close to farms, it is easy to embrace farm-to-table in certain respects. Depending on the time of year you can easily go out and pick your own produce. Then depending on what you may like for dinner, you can also pick your own chicken for a farm-fresh chicken dinner.

In Zhuhai, I visited a fruit stand:




This fruit stand, in the middle of a working class neighborhood, also had a wide offering of melons, oranges, plums, etc.

Upon speaking with the proprietor about the origin of some of the fruits, she told me they came from places like Yunnan (another province in China), Vietnam and … then I was stopped in my tracks — some of the fruits had come from even farther away:



Dole and Yakima apples available 16 time zones away.



American grapes.


It seems absurd to me to find these types of fruits all the way on the far side of the world.  The fruit was expensive – nearly 3x the price per half kilo of the domestic Chinese apples. Furthermore, these Red Delicious, which so often have that nice crunch when they arrive in my mom’s Seattle kitchen, tasted mealy and soft. Meanwhile, the grapes were way more than I ever remember paying for them in the United States.

Where was the local fruit? This stand also had domestic apples on offer, which happened to be less expensive and much more flavorful, but importing Washington apples to China makes about as much sense to me as importing New Zealand apples to Germany.

In a study conducted in Germany looking at local Braeburn apples (also a kind produced in Washington so there is a local option for our fellow Washingtonians) as compared to imported Braeburns from New Zealand. They found a 27% greater energy requirement for the imported fruit (Environmental Science and Pollution Research, May 2005, Volume 12,Issue 3, pp 125-127).

So imported fruit is more costly to the wallets and the planet. Is there any reason why it makes sense to have Washington fruits hauled halfway around the world besides a desire for variety?

What do you think? As the General Store Seattle continues to grow and our global community grows as well, we hope to feature more and more interesting articles about how people are living life local around the world. If you have any ideas, leads or experiences that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at”

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The General Store Seattle, LLC Fundraiser

We’ve already raised $30,625 from private contributors, we’re almost there!!!

Please help us get to our $50k goal by donating to our Indiegogo campaign below:

Even if it’s just $10, anything helps!

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October 16, 2014 – Announcement Newsletter




The General Store Seattle

We are absolutely thrilled to announce to the world our new retail venture, The General Store Seattle. We at the General Store believe in giving our customers an easy and efficient way to make thoughtful purchasing decisions. We do this by providing goods that only come from local, regional, and national suppliers.



All of our products, including food, household items, body products, clothing and accessories, and more, are hand-picked by us from US producers with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Over time, this will improve not only our economy but also our self-sufficiency as a region.


Come Visit

Our first brick and mortar hub is located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of West Seattle as part of the ActivSpace complex at 3400 Harbor Ave SW. Inventory will be sold both in person and online so that customers who wish to put their hard-earned money directly back into their communities can shop in our store, pick up online orders, or receive bike or mail carrier delivery.


Take Part

You (yes you!) can help us at The General Store Seattle create a better future with stronger communities! We wholeheartedly invite you to become a part of this endeavor by:


  • Visiting our website to get a feel for who we are and what we’re about!
  • Spreading the word about The General Store Seattle. Tell your friends or like and share our page on Facebook!


Your support and generosity can make a world of difference!

3400 Harbor Ave SW, Ste. 105 Seattle, WA 98126

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