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.
In our house, we call Azure Standard the online Costco for hippies. So that’s that. A complete explanation. Got it?
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.
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?
- 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.
- You sign up. It’s free! No monthly or yearly membership. Free ninety-nine.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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.
-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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