Frequently Asked Questions about Group Buy
We’ve compiled the most pertinent answers about the GreenSmoothieGirl group buy. Choose a question or scroll down to read all FAQs.
- When is Group Buy 2014?
- How do I join Group Buy?
- How does Group Buy work?
- Group Buy Products
- Is there a minimum order?
- How much is shipping?
- How can I get lower shipping?
- Can I pick up my order?
- When will orders be delivered?
- How to checkout via PayPal?
- Are the almonds shelled? Are the pumpkin and sesame and sunflower seeds hulled?
- Can I buy less than 25 lbs? I want Group Buy items, but not in such large quantities.
- How do I join or start a co-op?
- How long do almonds keep, and how should I store them?
- When does the order close?
- How can I learn about future Group Buys?
- Can I Pay by Check or Money Order?
- I am collecting checks from lots of people. Can I send them all to you?
- Do I have to be in a buying club?
- Can I add to my order later?
- Will I be charged sales tax?
- Do you ship to Canada?
- Is it legal to buy unpasteurized almonds?
- Which items are organic?
- Which items are Gluten Free?
- Why aren’t the almonds organic?
- What can I do with almonds?
- Will all the items ship together?
- Is the organic fine macaroon coconut preserved?
- Why don’t you have pecans and dried apricots this year?
- What is the agave brand?
- Are the chopped dates rolled in oat flour (not acceptable for celiacs)?
- What containers are the olive oil gallons in? Is the oil cold pressed, first pressing?
- The honey in the group buy photo doesn’t look raw. Is it?
- Is the honey heated at all? Is it dark and thin, or creamy and thick?
- How long does coconut oil last?
- What is the return policy for Group Buy items?
Q: When is Group Buy 2014?
Q: How do I join Group Buy?
A: Anyone can order Group Buy items. No joining required. For smaller quantities or to save on shipping, find a group, buying club, or co-op in your area through the Group Buy Forum.
Q: How does Group Buy work?
The GreenSmoothieGirl.com Group Buy is an annual buying opportunity we arrange by purchasing large quantities from and maintaining good relationships with our whole foods suppliers, which enables us to get low prices. These low prices are offered to you and we only charge enough to cover our shipping costs. It’s part of our mission of health.
Individuals may purchase directly from the GSG Shop. Most bulk items are 25 lbs, which may be too much for some individuals. For this reason, we provide a GB Forum, and suggest ways for our whole-foods customers to join or coordinate a local group order where the large quantities can be split between several buyers.
Q: Group Buy Products
Q: Is there a minimum order?
A: No. But quantity varies by item. For example, most bulk items are 25 lbs. So you can not buy less than 25 lbs. unless you split an order with friends, or join or start a buying group. See the section called Stock Up For Free – Organize A Buying Club! on the Group Buy page. See FAQ about starting or joining a group via the Group Buy Forum:
Q: How much is shipping?
A: It depends what you order. Our online store calculates shipping based on location and order weight. Click Calculate Shipping to see shipping costs before submitting your order.
Shipping is free for orders of 1,000 lbs. or more. If offered, orders picked up from our warehouse are not charged shipping. A $4.95 processing fee helps us provide this option. Normal pickup times do not apply.
Q: How can I get lower shipping?
A: Orders over 999 lbs. ship free. If offered, orders picked up from our warehouse are not charged shipping. A $4.95 processing fee helps us provide this option. Normal pickup times do not apply.
Q: Can I pick up my order?
A: Caution! If offered, the Group Buy pickup schedule will differ from the regular pickup schedule.
Choose PICKUP as the shipping method when you place your order. A $4.95 processing fee helps us provide this option. You need not live in Utah to select the Pickup option. Family or friends may pickup your order. When you place your order, you may select FedEx, USPS, or Pickup. Choose PICKUP to avoid shipping charges.
We will send an email notice when your order is ready for pickup, with pickup times and directions to the fulfillment center in Orem, UT. Normal pickup times do not apply. See the Group Buy shipping schedule for pickup times.
Q: When will orders be delivered?
A: Group Buy is not designed for fast delivery. The goal of Group Buy is to save health-conscious buyers money. We do not guarantee expedient shipping and do not recommend using Group Buy for time-sensitive orders, but we diligently process orders in the order they are received.
We will send email notification with tracking info to the email address you provide with your order. If the shipping confirmation email contains a note that your order is shipping via freight, you may be contacted by the delivery company to schedule the delivery time.
Group Buy time is busy. A variety of factors affect Group Buy shipping time frames. Please do not inquire about shipment of your order unless you have received a shipping confirmation with tracking information that indicates a problem. In those cases, contact Customer Support.
Orders containing Group Buy items will ship per the Group Buy shipping schedule. If you wish to receive non-Group Buy items before the Group Buy shipping dates, place a separate order for the non-Group Buy items.
PICKUP: We will send an email notice when your order is ready for pickup, with pickup times and directions to the fulfillment center in Orem, UT. Normal pickup times do not apply. See the Group Buy shipping schedule above for approximate order pickup dates.
Q: How to Check out via PayPal?
- You will be taken to a PayPal page (log in if needed)
- Change or confirm shipping address and payment method (the price shown may not include shipping charges)
- Click “Continue” – this does not submit the order
- You will be taken back to GSG.com to review and submit the order
- Review the order
- Place Order
Q: Are the almonds shelled? Are the pumpkin and sesame and sunflower seeds hulled?
A: See product descriptions for details. I recommend soaking them overnight, draining the water, and dehydrating them below 116 degrees to preserve all the enzymes. Then they are live food with 200% – 500% more fiber and nutrients (enzyme inhibitors in the nut are unlocked when you soak them 8 hours). See my recommendation about the best dehydrator for preserving live food – the Excalibur Dehydrator.
Q: Can I buy less than 25 lbs? I want Group Buy items, but not in such large quantities.
A: We provide a forum to help you locate groups, buying clubs, and co-ops in your area with whom you can split orders: http://greensmoothiegirl.com/forums/forum/annual-group-buy/find/ You may reply to members seeking others, and let others know where you are and how to contact you. The forum allows others to contact you about ordering with you, and tell you about nearby co-ops dividing orders into smaller quantities.
Q: How do I join or start a co-op?
A: We have set up a forum for that purpose. http://greensmoothiegirl.com/forums/forum/annual-group-buy/find/ Indicate on the forum whether you want to organize the co-op or join one organized by someone else. Coordinators can calculate prices, email members, break orders down, and arrange for pickups. We have provided GB Forms and Worksheets. Coordinators can use these to organize a group order with friends and community, and also earn some income. The forms make it easy for organizers to set prices for their group. (We recommend a markup of 20% or less.) To organize a group, ask someone you know interested in health and nutrition, and ask that person who she knows, and so on. Networking can yield a large list of people who want to participate in your group buy. You can reuse and maintain the list of people to do group buys in the future. At a minimum, Coordinators should be able to get your food free, with a little effort.
Q: How long do almonds keep, and how should I store them?
A: These almonds are coming right off the tree in October and will therefore be VERY fresh. Because almonds harvest only once a year, whenever and wherever you buy them throughout the year, they will be from this same fall crop. (The other Group Buy items are very fresh as well.) They should keep 9-12 months in the pantry, but if you would like to store them longer than that, plan on them keeping in tightly sealed bags or jars in the fridge for 18-24 months, and indefinitely in the freezer. They will still germinate (sprout and unlock enzyme potential after soaking) after freezing with very little loss of nutrition.
Q: When does Group Buy close?
A: TBA Some items may sell out before then. We have a fixed and limited supply of all items so order early!
Q: When is the next Group Buy?
A: Subscribe to the GreenSmoothieGirl.com newsletter, which is the main place I communicate about that. I write about group buys, classes I teach, and more in Robyn’s Blog on the site.
Q: Can I pay by check or money order?
A: Yes. Place your order via the GSG Shop. Select “Check or Money Order” as the payment method. Make the check payable to GreenSmoothieGirl.com. Mail to GreenSmoothieGirl.com, 51 W. Center #345, Orem, UT 84057. Do not mail your Group Buy order; place your order online.
Q: I am collecting checks from lots of people. Can I send them all to you?
A: No. If you are paying by check, send one check to pay for the entire order. Group Coordinators must collect payments from group members.
Q: Do I have to be in a buying club?
A: No. Anyone can purchase Group Buy items.
Q: Can I add to my order later?
A: No, but you can place a second order. Hold your order until you think it is complete. We understand if stragglers join your group later, but if you need to order more, you will need to place a second order.
Note to group Coordinators: I personally order extra of popular items when I coordinate a group, because I always have people come to me after ordering closes wanting to purchase. But of course it’s up to you whether you want to risk having excess items. If you find yourself in that predicament, you can offer the leftover items to your group. As my group has grown, I’m able to take that risk because someone will always buy the extras. I always have people ask me later, after the order closes, whom I cannot accommodate.
Q: Will I be charged sales tax?
A: Utah residents pay 3% food tax.
Q: Do you ship to Canada?
A: Sorry, no. Some Canadian residents have their orders shipped to Letterlock or Mailboxes Etc. in the U.S. and then go pick it up.
A: California law allows a rancher to sell no more than 100 lbs. per person per day directly from the farm. We are facilitating that opportunity with this group buy. If you wish to buy almonds, you must provide a customer name for each 100 lbs. or portion thereof. Almond growers are very unhappy with this 2007 law, which incurs cost for them, and they sued the government, but lost. (Keep in mind that the law does not prevent you from buying—it puts restrictions on ranchers for selling.) Draconian government tactics to fumigate, irradiate, and pasteurize our food supply will continue to be an issue and will protect us from few if any health “risks,” since raw plant food is our insurance against disease. Pasteurizing and irradiating will serve only to destroy enzymes, the life-giving force in raw food, and consequently damage the public health. The almonds in this group buy are frozen instead of fumigated, and are completely unpasteurized.
Q: Which items are organic?
A: Read each product’s description to see which items are organic. If organic is not specified in the product description, it’s not organic. Usually, the honey isn’t certified organic because bees can range for several miles (possibly going into areas with sprayed plants) but the beekeeper does not use any chemicals on his property.
Q: Way aren’t the almonds organic?
A: A note about non-organic almonds: keep in mind that as tree nuts, they are shelled after any spraying, and some of the almond growers we use do not spray at all. I feel that it’s important to try to obtain “dirty dozen” produce ‘certified organic’ whenever possible, and that we should wash other organic produce well. But since almonds are shelled afterward, and since we soak them to sprout them, I don’t feel the price difference for organic almonds is worth it for people on a budget who have to choose which things to buy organic, and which to buy conventional.
Q: Which items are Gluten Free?
A: Read each product’s description to see which items are GF. If gluten free is not specified in the product description, it’s not gluten free.
Q: What can I do with almonds?
A: I eat almonds almost every day because they’re such an easy snack, plain. I also teach uses for them in Ch. 7 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods on GreenSmoothieGirl.com and include several recipes for savory, sweet, and spicy sprouted almonds. You can also search Robyn’s Blog on GreenSmoothieGirl.com for free recipes I have posted there on how to sprout and flavor your almonds. I use almonds in my two granola recipes (see Ch. 11). For almond milk, soak almonds overnight and then blend them in a ratio of 1:4 almonds:water in your turbo blender until very smooth, for a nutritious replacement to dairy milk in your cereal. (Strain the milk if you don’t like pulp in it, using a nut milk bag from a health food store, or cheesecloth. Add a little vanilla if you want.) I freeze this almond milk in ice cube trays, and I make amazing “ice cream” with it with no refined sweeteners or dairy. See one such recipe on my GreenSmoothieGirl.com blog (http://greensmoothiegirl.com/2011/09/13/chi-recipes-part-2-of-2/). I have written about the uses and nutritional benefits of each of the items in the group buy on the site. Just click on the “Group Buy” tab at the top of the GreenSmoothieGirl.com homepage, and you’ll see each item available.
Q: Will all the items ship together?
A: Yes. (We may ship a partial order if an item is backordered. We’ll ship the backordered item when it is restocked.) If your order is large, it will be packaged in multiple boxes. We cannot control the delivery logistics once it leaves our warehouse, so boxes may arrive at different times.
Q: Is the organic fine macaroon coconut preserved?
A: No. It is sulfite free!
Q: Why don’t you have pecans and dried apricots this year?
A: Because they were really expensive.
Q: What is the agave brand?
A: Glorybee (they have rigid organic and raw certification).
Q: Are the chopped dates rolled in oat flour (not acceptable for celiacs)?
A: Yes. Celiacs should not use this product.
Q: What containers are the olive oil gallons in? Is the oil cold pressed, first pressing?
A: Read the product description for details.
Q: The honey in the group buy photo doesn’t look raw. Is it?
Q: Is the honey heated at all? Is it dark and thin, or creamy and thick?
A: Read the product description for details.
Q: Are the walnuts and cashews whole or pieces?
A: Read the product description for details.
Q: Are the flax seeds golden or brown?
A: Read the product description for details.
Q: How long does coconut oil last?
A: Coconut oil is highly stable relative to other oils. Many estimates are 3-5 years, but if you aren’t keeping it in cold storage, plan on 2 years in the pantry. My coconut oil in cold storage (not heated in the winter, in the basement) is four years old and still tastes wonderful, no rancidity.
Q: What is the return policy for Group Buy items?
A: Group Buy items cannot be returned. Order Terms