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Azure Standard Review + Shopping List

Save money and time on healthy eating with Azure Standard! Azure Standard is my favorite source for organic and sustainable products at the most affordable prices.

 

You may have seen me mention Azure Standard before in posts.  And you may have asked yourself “what in the hell is Azure Standard”.  Well, I’m not gonna tell you.

I kid.

In our house, we call Azure Standard the online Costco for hippies. So that’s that. A complete explanation. Got it?

Good night.

What is Azure Standard?

Azure is an online marketplace that was born on a family farm in the 80’s. Dave Stelzer and his family stopped using all the conventional farming “must haves” (pesticides, chemical fertilizers) on their property and eventually noticed how the land and their own health improved.

They sold items in their local community and then their customers began to request items that the Stelzers didn’t grow. So they started to source them, and sell them.

“They are dedicated to the “organic principle” of cooperating with nature and they pray others will join them, so that we all may once again see prosperity in our land”. Source.

My favorite aspect of Azure is their amazing customer service. They have a user-friendly website but if you need to talk to someone on the phone they go out of their way to make sure they help you to the fullest. I was once set on a certain brand of powdered milk (related: Whole Wheat Red Lobster Biscuits), and they started stocking it! The price difference from Amazon was amazing and I used it for over a year.

Unlike group buying clubs, your order is yours alone. You’re not chipping in and sharing portions of the same product with potentially sketchy people you don’t know.

How Does Azure Standard Work?

  1. Check Azure’s website to see if there is a drop point near you. If there isn’t, you can look into setting one up if you’re willing to be the drop coordinator.
  2. You sign up. It’s free! No monthly or yearly membership. Free ninety-nine.
  3. You call and give them your address and they give you the phone number of the person who is the coordinator for your local drop site.
  4. You call the coordinator to get the special code for the drop site.

How Do I Order?

  • You place your order online. You can pay for it online, or COD. If your personal order is over $50 and the group order is over $550 no one is charged for shipping. If your personal order is below $50 they charge a small $5 fee.
  • You go and pick up your order at the scheduled time. Pick up location varies by local community.
    • They also ship to your home if you don’t want to join a drop. Many of the items are very heavy so keep that in mind!

Favorite Items at Azure Standard

Azure Standard often sells items in multiple sizes so you’re not stuck with a 50-pound bag of rice if you really only need five.

Pantry Staples

  • Organic Rice
  • Wheat berries. I can get 50 pounds of organic wheat berries of soft white for $44.95 ($.90 lb), and $56.10 ($1.12 lb) for hard white.  I grind these in my flour mill and save a buttload over store-bought flour. (Related: Grinding Your Own Wheat).

Cleaning/Home Staples

Gardening/Micro Farming Staples

  • Seeds! So very many seeds. I bought my original seed garlic from Azure in 2012 and I am still growing that same strain today six years later. (Related: How to Plant Garlic Step by Step).

 

When you’re placing orders through Azure, it’s important to know the price you’re currently paying per pound.  There are some items that are about the same price at Costco or other stores or are even more expensive.  But overall, their prices are much lower than grocery stores, and the products are high quality.

Many of the products are the generic Azure brand and come in huge brown or plastic bags, hence my pantry storage of everything in glass jars.  Many items come in 50 lb, 25 lb, 5 lb, or 1 lb packages.  If there is an item I know I won’t use up quickly (like unflavored gelatin), I only buy the 1 lb package.  The price difference between the packages per pound is very small, so I only purchase what I truly need, or I split it with a family member.

-wheat berries.
-Bac-Out at the grocery store even on sale is about $6 for 32 oz.  I can get a gallon for about $17 on Azure.
-Oils; coconut and walnut are 25-30% less on Azure than I find elsewhere.
-Aluminum-free baking soda is $3.50 at my grocery store.  I can get it for $2.45 on Azure.
-Chia seeds are $8.99 in bulk at my local store.  I can get them from $4.85 from Azure.

 

 

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10 comments on “Azure Standard Review + Shopping List”

  1. There is a local retailer who runs a small business from her farm near me who does Azure. I keep thinking I need to start ordering since I could probably do the large order. I have a family of twelve after all! Thanks for the reminder to get on it, I’m checking them out now.

    • Melissa, it’s a wonderful resource and I’ve found amazing deals! Also since I’m a bit in the boonies, Azure allows me to buy products I can’t find here in the sticks.

  2. I learned about them back in Oct when we visited my BIL in Portland. Sadly, they don’t deliver/drop anywhere near Atlanta 🙁 But one day we’ll live in Portland too and I look forward to ordering from them!

    • MJ, the West Coast will be excited to have you! My cousin is a Portland resident and loves the city. Hopefully you’ll be able to make the move soon!

  3. We buy the frozen blueberries in bulk to make smoothies. YUMMMY!!! The prices have gone up tremendously on them, but it’s still a better price than at the grocery store.

  4. It’s a small world for sure… I stumbled upon your blog via pinterest (someone pinned your “Vicks Vapor Shower Disks”) and I thought I’d take a looksie at the rest of your blog… turns out, I grew up on products from Azure Standard! We would go out to their distribution center every few months – they get around the wear house on rollerblades while packing up the boxes to ship out. My dad used to set-up and print their catalog for them.

  5. On the East Coast I use United Natural Foods and do a similar bulk order with a group. But the prices and selection has changed since they changed hands. I wish we had something like that here. does anyone know a good link?

  6. I am thinking of giving Azure Standard a try, but I am really nervous about ordering then not liking it.

    If you could only buy one thing from them, what would it be?

    • You need to spend $50 to avoid any shipping charges, so I’d buy $50 worth of organic pastured butter! Or the big bottles of Bac Out; we use it for laundry, cleaning, and everything!

      For what it is worth, I’ve been more than happy with everything I’ve purchased, and they have a money back guarantee.

    • Awesome, thanks! I’ve never heard of Bac out, might spend some time this week (when I have time) looking into it.

      Again, thanks!