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more questions I’m answering about the raw almond buy

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Aug 25, 2009

Back to my five-part series tomorrow.  Today I figured a way to get my cases of raw/organic agave SHIPPED in our raw-almond buy . . . and also add some great deals for you on raw walnuts, sunflower seeds, pecans, raw honey, organic cold-pressed coconut oil, and other items like dried fruit.   I’m excited!   I could never figure out how to ship it affordably before.   Those of you who have a co-op, or who want to organize one, you will LOVE this!   Remember, 1,100 lbs. or more (and this will include any item, not just the almonds) gets cheap shipping of $0.25/lb.   We’re getting tons of emails–please know we will email as soon as the order is ready to kick off.     You won’t miss it if you read this blog or get the GreenSmoothieGirl.com free newsletter.

Questions I’ve been asked:

How do the almonds come? in 50 or 100 pound sacks or in a bin?

50# boxes.

Also is there a maximum poundage?  

No maximum for group orders, but to appease California law since no one is allowed more than 100 lbs. per day of RAW almonds, the order form will require that you put a name in for each buyer of 100 lbs.   So if you order 2,000 lbs., you’ll need to give 20 names.

And what quality is this almond size wise and are they  carmel or nonpareil almonds?

The variety is Butte Padre 23-30 size. I chose them for flavor (tried several varieties). I could offer a bunch of varieties but wanted to keep it simple because this takes a lot of my time–these will be comparable to what is sold in grocery stores, size-wise. Not the giant ones they use in Jordan almonds (too expensive, and I’m trying to keep cost down), and not the  really small  ones either.

Is it possible to get them sliced raw almonds or slivered? some of the people who order with me want to know.

I don’t think so. But I will look into it. They will oxidize faster that way and won’t germinate–not sure this would be a popular item.

Do the almonds come shelled?


Some of my group are asking where they come from.

California, long-time, reputable ranchers who friends of mine have worked with for many years. Same people I worked with last year.

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17 thoughts on “more questions I’m answering about the raw almond buy”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This sounds exciting. A previous entry in regards to the almond order mentioned ‘Locals will get a separate email from me offering a separate LOCALS ONLY buy, pickup when notified by email, with NO SHIPPING COST.’ Will this apply to the other items, like Agave and Coconut Oil?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I want to go to Peru!!!–is it already filling up fast?

  3. http:// says:

    People don’t make a decision like our expedition overnight, so it won’t fill up immediately. But we have had quite a bit of INTEREST and I hope I’m taking a full busload of 30 people. We are going to have an amazing experience, I promise! I would love to have you along, L!

  4. http:// says:

    Yes, locals will be able to pick up the other items (agave and coconut oil, etc.) without paying any shipping.

  5. Anonymous says:

    When can we expect a list of what is available with the almond order? I have several in my area of western Maryland that are interested in a group buy. Want to get my orders rolling in…..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Robyn – On the Peru trip – can I arrive on the 26th? That would make it easier for me to make this a reality! Thanks!

  7. Hi Robyn,

    Trying to find info about the almonds but getting nowhere. What is the price, and when is the money due? We ordered from you last year and would love to do it again. I e-mailed you also but not sure if it will work.

    Thanks much!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Marian,

    Your questions are answered in a previous blog post. Here is the link:


  9. Anonymous says:

    I am interested in buying 50 lbs. of almonds. How do I go about it,and

    is it possible? Please let me know. I would appreciate it.

    Thank You,


  10. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Our group buy is in increments of 100#, Rosemary, but you can post here looking for someone in your area to split with. Or you can find someone among your friends/family to split an order with.

  11. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Patti, YES, you can come on the 26! Hope we see you on the trip!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Gosh Robyn: I think we are all a tiny bit confused. I certainly want to order almonds (do not have enough people to form a “co-op) when you are ready. I buy them and eat them by handfulls, put in salads, etc. but I’ve never soaked and sprouted them . . . can’t wait to try this. Thanks for organizing all this for us, Barbra

  13. Anonymous says:

    I hope to announce the kickoff of the group buy early next week. We’re just working up the order form in the new store so it is well organized.

    You don’t have to be a co-op organizer to order.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hey. I would love to get in on a group buy in my area. I live in Orem. Has anyone already organized? Please email me: micahsnic{at}gmail{dot}com.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Once we place our order for the almonds, how long will it be before they are shipped?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Jenni here, GSG Admin

      Hi John,
      Those who order by Oct. 15th can expect their orders to be shipped by the end of October. If you purchase after that date give 30 days for shipment. Have a great day!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I came across your blog and noticed you have information on how to get items in bulk for cheap I’m looking at coconut oil, chia seeds, nuts etc. Can I get an email of where to go for those. Thanks so much…looking forward to some savings.

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