My very first order from Azure Standard was April of 2012 and I have been using them to buy bulk organic foods and natural products ever since. I’ve had a few people ask what I buy from them, so I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite products.
First, though, what exactly is Azure Standard?
Azure Standard is a distributor (as well as grower and supplier!) of natural and organic foods and other products related to a natural (or “crunchy” 😊) lifestyle. Aside from food, they offer things like health and beauty products, household supplies (including cleaning products, emergency preparedness supplies, and more), supplements, and outdoor and garden products (including pet food and supplies). They even offer some livestock and poultry feed as well.
Instead of selling through stores, you order from their website and pick up your order from a central drop location near you once per month. This eliminates the middle man and their prices are usually much better than the local grocery store.
How do you shop at Azure Standard?
I usually start by looking for things that I commonly buy and could get away with buying only once per month or once every few months. Because Azure ships both shelf-stable and perishable items, I can buy many things in bulk that are not available through my local store.
I then compare prices. I have a spreadsheet where I have the price of specific products at several different stores (mainly Azure, Costco, Natural Grocers, Amazon Subscribe and Save, and Whole Foods) broken down by price per ounce so I can see where I get the most bang for my buck. Again, because I can buy in bulk from Azure, the best deal is often through them. This is especially true in recent years as they’ve started offering their own line of products at much lower prices.
Whatever I find at Azure that has the best price, I add to my favorites list. These are staple products I buy on a regular basis so when I go in to start a new order each month, I can find them all on this list. Throughout the month, I add things as I discover we need them and when I start getting reminders that my order deadline is coming up, I submit my order. The great thing about this, though, is that I can still add or remove things or even cancel the order altogether even after it has been submitted. I mainly submit early in case I forget to do it before the deadline.
After my order deadline has come, usually about a day or two later, I get a delivery schedule to let me know when I can go and pick up my order and then another email confirming what I was shipped to me (sometimes some of the products aren’t available so I’m not charged for those) and how many cases I’ll have to pick up. About three days after that (your length of time may be different depending on how far away you are from Oregon), I head to my pick up site, help unload the truck, and bring my goodies home. I enjoy Azure pick up days as I get to see people, some of whom I’ve been at the same drop with for years, and we can catch up. It’s also nice to be around like-minded people.
Then the whole process begins again and I start a new order for the next month.
Azure does not charge any membership fees, however, there is a delivery charge of 8.5%, though I have found that Azure Cash helps to offset this fee when comparing Azure’s prices to those in other stores. Any orders under $50 are charged an extra $5 and drop sites need to meet a minimum of $500 in order to have their shipment sent. Not meeting this minimum happens very rarely and I’ve only experienced it one or two times since I began using Azure in 2012.
What do you buy at Azure Standard?
Below is the list of products that I’m currently buying at Azure. The majority of these are the best price I can find. Some of them may not be the cheapest, but I do make compromises. I have been frustrated many times in the last year or so to go to the grocery store only to find something out of stock repeatedly and even though the store may have had the better price, I’m willing to pay a little more to know that I will have that item in my freezer or pantry when I need it. I am also trying to break our reliance on Amazon, so if a product at Azure comes out to a similar or slightly higher price than Amazon Subscribe and Save, I’ll choose Azure. I highly recommend comparing prices of products you buy on a regular basis! And be sure to look at Azure’s bulk options as that’s where you’ll get the most value.
(Last updated 5 September 2021)
- Rumiano Salted Butter (we get unsalted if salted is out)
- Sierra Nevada Cheese Company Graziers Medium, Raw, Grass-Fed Cheddar Cheese
- Organic Valley Mozzarella Cheese (I freeze this and use it for homemade pizza)
- Rumiano Parmesan Cheese Wedge
- Azure Market Organics Blanched Almond Flour
- Azure Market Organics Black Beans (I soak these overnight and cook big batches with I then freeze in gallon-sized bags)
- Azure Market Organics Raw Large Cashew Pieces
- Azure Market Organics Cassava Flour
- Azure Market Organics Chocolate Chips, Dark, Fair Trade, Allergen Free
- Azure Market Organics Coconut Chips
- Azure Market Organics Golden Flax Seeds
- Azure Market Organics Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (these are good alternative if the Azure Market oats are out of stock)
- Azure Market Organics Popping Corn
- Azure Market Organics Raisins
- Azure Market Organics Vanilla Extract
- Bragg’s Organic Sea Kelp Delight Seasoning
- Coconut Secret Organic, Raw Coconut Vinegar
- Lakewood Organic Juices Lime Juice
- Lundberg Organic White Basmati Rice
- Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blackstrap Molasses
- Mediterranean Organics Kalamata Pitted Olives
- Azure Clean Squirt n’ Lather Hand Soap
- Kettle Care Balancing Lavender Creme with Ylang Ylan & Goji Berry
- Mountain Mel’s Essential Salve
- Mountain Mel’s Insect Deterrent
- Azure Market Organics Frozen Bananas
- Azure Market Organics Frozen Peas
- SnoPac Organic Cottage Fries (these are for quick suppers)
I get a beef side once or twice a year from our raw milk dairy to stock up on beef, so I generally don’t get that through Azure. For chicken, I appreciate the quality of Mary’s and though some cuts I can find slightly cheaper locally, I buy it in the biggest bulk portion that I can from Azure to have the convenience of just pulling it from my freezer which also saves me trips to the grocery store.
- Mary’s Organic Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breast
- Mary’s Organic Chicken Thigh
- Mary’s Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thigh
- Mary’s Organic Chicken Party Wings (because my husband is from Buffalo :))
- Organic Prairie Beef Summer Sausage
- If You Care Parchment Baking Sheets (this is completely frivolous – I hate tearing parchment paper)
- Wide Mouth Glass Gallon Jars (these are nice and thick and excellent for storing food in the pantry – also lids)
- Organic Garden Starts (one of my favorite things to get from Azure – only available in the spring and early summer)