this person is from Washington DC, too bad we can't share with her....
if you find inexpensive prices, we can buy locally together, pls post on this list
Group buy for raw almonds ($7/lb)???? < ebmeyer > 10/15 11:41:09
Hi there. I'm looking for folk in the DC/MD/VA area who want to go in on a group buy for raw almonds ($7.00/lb from CA). I just can't use a zillion pounds of almonds myself, but I'm happy to organize the buy. Please email me at ebmeyer at hotmail dot com if you're interested--we need to place the order next week. Here are the details, as taken from www.greensmoothiegirl.com (who organizes these buys all the time for her neighbors in Utah): Unfortunately, you can't get raw almonds from any retailer, unless they're $8-$12/lb. from Spain. Not Costco, not Good Earth, not Wild Oats, not Azure Standard. It's been illegal since Sept. `07 for California to sell raw almonds to retailers, and California produces 85% of the world's almonds�it's the state's largest agricultural export. For that you can thank the mandatory high-heat, flash-pasteurization law that the FDA is currently being sued for, by a coalition of almond growers. Some nuts are labeled raw
(because no restrictions on this are imposed by the government), even though they are flash pasteurized and WILL NOT GERMINATE. I'm getting them directly from a ranch in California under the loophole in the law wherein you can buy 100 lbs. per person, per day, directly from the rancher. I'm getting BIGGER, NICER ones (25-27 nuts per ounce rather than 30-32 per ounce) than we did in our local buy several months ago, for the SAME PRICE. (Can you tell I'm excited?) The order comes in two 50# boxes, so it's easy to split with one other person. The nuts are FRESH OUT OF THE TREE and will be good at least a year (longer with refrigeration, cold storage, or freezing).
This order closes Oct. 30�and I don't know if/when I will be able to do it again.
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