Real Food from Azure Standard

Real Food from Azure StandardOne of the hardest parts of switching to real food is finding affordable places to buy that food. I really enjoy sharing the good deals I get at Costco, so today I thought I’d share another resource in my real food arsenal: Azure Standard.

How Azure Standard Works

Azure Standard is natural and organic foods retailer that delivers food by truck to pickup locations across the western United States. At the moment they deliver to most states west of Missouri, as well as to a few more eastern states. Depending on where you live, there may be a drop point quite close to your home.

Ordering from Azure is easy. There is no membership fee to order–you just sign up for an account through their website and then join a local drop point group. Each group orders once a month. You place your order online, then go meet the truck at a pre-arranged time when it drops off the group’s order at your local drop point.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Azure

One of the things that I especially like about Azure is that you don’t have to order most things in bulk. You will get a bigger savings if you order a bulk amount of something, of course, but if you only need a small amount you can often just order that and still save money. You can also order modestly bulk amounts of things–like five pounds of beans, for instance, instead of twenty-five–which helps you save money but is more realistic to store if you live in a small home.

Azure’s prices tend to be very good. This is not true of everything, of course–the produce, in particular, I find to often be much more expensive than what I would pay at my local health foods store. It’s worth it to do some price comparison with your other food sources before ordering, but for many things I believe I save a significant amount of money by buying through Azure.

The main disadvantage of ordering from Azure is that you have to go meet the truck at a particular time. If the pickup time doesn’t work with your schedule you may be out of luck. Depending on who organizes your drop point, though, you may be able to make arrangements for the drop point coordinator to take your order back to their home so you can pick it up later. (I doubt all drop point coordinators are able to do this, but it’s worth asking.)

Real Food I Order from Azure

Curious what sorts of real food Azure carries? Here are some of the items that I regularly order:

  • Dried beans
  • Expeller-pressed coconut oil
  • Sprouted brown rice flour
  • Organic, grass-fed cheese
  • Extracts and spices
  • Starches like tapioca and arrowroot
  • Raw nuts
  • Vinegars
  • Pastured eggs (when we can’t get local eggs)
  • Corn tortillas
  • Parchment paper
  • Canned or jarred tomatoes
  • Castile soap
  • Tea for kombucha
  • Raw honey
  • Traditionally-fermented pickles

Do you order from Azure Standard? What are some of your other favorite real food resources?


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10 Responses to Real Food from Azure Standard

  1. I absolutely LOVE Azure Standard! Unfortunately where I live now, they don't have a drop off point, but I'm hoping they'll get up here one day soon.
  2. Jennifer says:
    We love azure, too! They also havgreat cleaning and body products!
  3. Lindsey says:
    I love their raw honey, bulk grains and beans, organic chicken feet (for broth), frozen bulk organic veggies, and their price for Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil is the best deal around! If you need items for your garden or livestock they have great prices on those too! I do wish their shipping charges were consistent for all of their regions. We just moved up to UT from TX and it is much more expensive to have my order shipped to me now.
  4. Michelle says:
    I sponser a drop point with Azure and am happy to see it growing. As with anything you must be a smart consumer and know your prices. With some items Costco's organic items/price may be less but if not I always check Azure. Yes, having to go meet the truck can seem like a pain but I share the responsibilty with family and it's only one day a month. Plus as you continue with your shipments you become friends with your driver. It's a good feeling knowing that if something were to happen he is easy to work with. If you don't have a drop ship site by you call Azure and see if you can sponser one. Their customer service team are acceptional as well.
  5. Bummed, I always see Azure pop up on frugal living blogs...but they don't deliver yet to southern VA. Of course, I live in a pretty rural area, so I'm used to it by now!!
  6. Brenda says:
    I cannot find Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil on the website. Can you tell me where you found it at Azure?
  7. Lindsey says:
    I mentioned it in my comment above. They still carry it but you need to call them directly for the item #'s. The price they charge for it is actually lower than you get through Green Pastures so they have an agreement to not publish it in their catalogs or list it on their website anymore. If you enter the # in the shopping cart section it will pop up. I found this out when I was a drop manager and was told that I could share the #'s within the group, but not outside of that.
  8. Shellie says:
    I just found your site this afternoon and must say I just love it!! I'm excited to get to spend some time exploring it this evening. :) And we are fans of Azure Standard too! Some of my favorite things to order are dried beans (all kinds)-which I store in 5 gallon buckets with mylar bags and gamma seals, coconut flour, almond meal, expeller-pressed coconut oil, and some of their produce when its cheaper than what I can get here. My children love their Super Nutty Granola which I buy by the 5 lb. bag and I really love their organic plant starts in the Spring. They've done better for me then the ones I buy locally so its worth it. We also buy the frozen cherries, bulk oats and organic popcorn, and much more I can't think of right now. It is a great company and they are terrific when there is a problem, of which there have been few but those we've had were handled very well! Can't wait to see more of your site here!! :)
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