Saving on natural and organic items with Azure Standard

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on February 18, 2011

Have you heard about Azure Standard?  Azure Standard is an online store that specializes in natural, organic, earth-friendly foods and products. They deliver directly to customers, buying clubs and retailers by semi truck and UPS.  It’s based out of Dufur, Oregon.

For those trying to live a more organic or natural lifestyle, Azure provides a means to get food or supplements in bulk for a fantastic rate.

Here’s how it works:

:: Create an account at Azure.  You will not be able to view prices until you are a member.  It’s free and easy to sign up.

:: Then browse through and decide what types of items you would like to order.  Each month they hold monthly specials.

:: When you find the items you are looking for, add them to your cart.  Your order must be over $50.

:: Here’s where it gets tricky.  Azure DOES NOT deliver to your home.  You need to find a “drop point” where Azure already delivers. “Drop points” are the places on the delivery routes where deliveries are made and are all over the United States.  For the truck to stop at a particular location, that “drop” must have a total order of at least $550.00. Any number of people can order as long as each order within the “drop” is at least $50.00.

If you don’t have a drop point, call the Customer Service Department at 541-467-2230 and ask for help finding a drop point near you.  You will then need to contact the drop point coordinator, ask to join their “drop” and get their name, address and which route(s) they order on. They will then give you information about when & where to pick up your order.  Chances are, if you’re in the Portland/Vancouver area there will be a drop within a 15-20 minute drive.

:: When placing your order, you will be prompted to enter the drop site number.  Enter your credit card information and you’re set.  The order will be placed and delivered to the drop point on the delivery date.

:: If you have more questions concerning ordering or drop sites, please see their Getting Started page.

    Here’s what I have ordered and the prices (which can vary):

    Organic Whole Wheat Flour – $13.40/25 lb bag.  This is a red wheat flour from Montana.  Buying in the 25 lb bag makes it only $.53/lb.  We make many different homemade breads and it’s the best per pound price I’ve seen.

    Peanuts – $12.40/5 lb bag.  I really enjoy making my own peanut butter and adding honey.

    Acidopholus – $9.95/16 oz. We’re recovering from a nasty stomach flu and needing to built up the good bacteria.

    Fruit to freeze for smoothies – I’ve heard the recent pears were fantastic.

    Organic Rolled Oats – $17.65/25 lb bag.  $.70/lb (cheaper than Winco which is usually $.90-1.10/lb)

    I’ve also ordered honey, quick oats and coconut flour.

    I order these items because they are the cheapest prices I’ve seen and these items rarely have coupons.  A 25 lb bag sounds gigantic, right?  If you don’t have storage, I would recommend dividing up your purchase with a friend.  Make sure you have freezer storage bags on hand to store your larger quantity items.

    If you’re interested in learning more about saving money on natural and organic items, be sure to check out our previous series, Saving money on “real food”.

    Has anyone ordered from Azure before?  What items do you like to order?

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    christin October 1, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Is Nutiva cheaper at Azure or Amazon? I would love to know if by the gallon here it comes out at the best price.

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    Jaye August 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Hi,
    I not only order from Azure I work there. I saw the comment earlier about the outages….that happens sometimes. We did have a rough data base switch over, but what seemed like mountains last year are more like wrinkles this year. It is the hope of all of us that inventory numbers go live on the website soon.

    My favorite aspect is the bulk items. I live out in the boonies and buying bulk reduces my trips to town and solves a big excess packing problem.

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    Holli February 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    We’ve ordered Spelt Flour, Brown Rice Pasta, Organic Butter, Frozen Veggies and Fruit, etc. We’re in Seattle, Wa, and our drop point person stopped ordering about 2 yeras ago. So, we’ve been missing them! But, your post is great because it reminded me that I can call to find another drop point person.

    Thank you for sharing and laying it all out – making it easy for me to remember.

    If anyone is in Seattle and wants to coordinate a drop point or already has one, please do let me know!

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    Anna February 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I order their organic brown eggs . . . the absolute best price around for wonderful, fresh eggs. I order 10 dozen at a time, which is a huge amount and a huge box, but we have eggs all month long. You could share with a friend if you don’t use that many in a month.

    I have also found the best prices on Montana Milling 25-lb. bag of organic wheat flour, Nancy’s yogurt, Food for Life English muffins, sprouted whole grain bagels, dry beans, rolled oats and all Biokleen products. I love Azure. I have a drop point at my house in Tualatin, Oregon, if anyone is interested!

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    Barry Mong May 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Hi Anna,

    We are in Tualatin as well.
    May be we can talk or email about Azure?

    Thanks,

    Barry

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    Ruby February 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    We have ordered from Azure for many years and have been a drop site for 20 years.
    We live in Scappoose, OR. We do require the min. $50. but do not charge a drop site fee. If anyone is interested and needs a drop site in our area, please email me at rlove73@gmail.com. You place your order and you come pick it up. We love their products. If you have a chance, visit their farm in Dufur, OR.

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    Karen Davis February 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve been buying from Azure through the Montavilla Food Buying Club in Portland. I especially like that much of what they sell is grown by them or by providers they find nearby. Their flax oil and flax seeds are less than half off Fred Meyer prices. I buy beans, grains, nuts, peanut butter, tempeh, seeds, condiments, some produce, all organic and all at cheaper prices than local stores. Good quality too. It’s true they are often out of things and you don’t know until you get your order what will be filled. I talked to them about this last year and they said they are working to fix this, so you will know when you order what they have. In the meantime I’ve learned to live with it, this is quality, local, organic food and I’m very happy to have found them.

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    Stephanie February 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

    The individual orders placed through Azure have to be $5o or pay a fee. The ones that don’t have that are submitted to Azure as one order so they don’t have that. I am our drop point manager and will add things to my order if people don’t want $50 worth, but if they want their own they can submit themselves. $50 through Azure is like Costco, very easy to meet :) We order most of our groceries through Azure, buying the sales a lot of the time. I like that they post the upcoming sales, so sometimes I wait a month or two to get the items that aren’t critical now and save.

    What we buy? Lots of things, beans, corn, peas, wheat, animal barley, garden amendments, seeds, vinegar, honey, coconut oil (sometimes), tortillas, frozen and dried fruit, some vitamins, I am sure lots more.

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    Kate February 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

    How much are you paying for the coconut oil? I’m interested in searching out prices. I’ve only done the Amazon deal b/c I like to buy in small batches

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    Kari Patterson February 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I’m here in Portland and I love Azure Standard–I’m part of a group with no $50 minimum and we order every 2 weeks. Their produce is much cheaper/better than anywhere else. My regular orders are Organic Fuji Apples ($1/lb.), organic beets, potatos, and leeks. Great stuff!

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    Heather MacKenzie July 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I’m in Portland, trying to figure out what drop points will work for me–I would love to know more about where yours is and the details. Thanks!

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    Nanci February 19, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I’ve been ordering from Azure for years. We are in western WA and do have the $50 minimum, but our group only orders every few months, so we place big orders when we do.
    I buy the wheat berries because I have a grain mill, oats, coconut oil, spices, bulk pasta and rice and so many other things.
    They also have great deals on frozen things, so I stock up on strawberries and blueberries when I can.
    It is way cheaper than even the sales.

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    Kate February 19, 2011 at 11:14 am

    What’s your favorite rice and how much is it? We eat alot of brown rice around here.

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    allison September 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Lundbert’s organic long grain or short grain rice is excellent for brown rice lover’s …Going to order if I can find the drop-off in Florence…25 lb. bag for $30.50 ..best price I can find anywhere

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    Catherine February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I have not ordered from Azure before but have considered it. I just recently got into the whole baking thing due to post from you and other bloggers about the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes. I love the basic boule bread with a fried egg on top. So lately I have considered maybe getting more quantity for a better price. Scones are my other family favorite.

    I must tell you however, that I was at Safeway tonight and they had “reduced for a quick sale” Stone Buhr flour (all purpose, unbleached) from right here in the NW for 2.19 for a 51b bag. I know, it is not whole wheat and yet I love the availability of good quality white flour. I will have to just eat more veggies.

    Will check out Azure. Hopefully they have dried fruit.

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    stacey February 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I highly suggest if your are in Portland to join Know Thy Food (through Portland Green Parenting). They are a drop site at their SE Portland coffee shop and lots of members split orders and they have lots of great deals on other local and organic goods as well!

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    veronica November 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    but they charge a $25 member fee and 10% of every time you order.

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    A. Person November 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Actually, there is no 10% fee for Azure items. It’s just for the Know Thy Food store items.

    Also, the member fee is a suggested donation amount. If you truly couldn’t afford the $25, they wouldn’t turn you away. They accept food stamps and I’m sure a good portion of those customers don’t pay the $25.

    Please get your facts straight Veronica, especially before you start posting untruths on the internet.

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    Ronita February 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I love Azure but find they are out of basics quite often, you just do not know until they deliver what will come in.

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    Kirsten February 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Rose City Coop in Beaverton orders from Azure and there is no minimum – they just have to make the overall minimum.

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    Kelleigh @ Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs February 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    So far, I’ve only purchased Groats, but I’m looking at flour, lentils and black beans since we go through a lot. I bet my drop point is the same as Amy’s! Dallas!

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    Amy February 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Check out the apples too. Organic apples are about a dollar a pound, which is the same as non-organic apples you find in the store. We easily go through a 20 pound box of amazing Fujis in 2 weeks.

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    Karen February 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I ordered once and liked the products. Esp. the produce. Going in with a friend is the best idea so your items don’t go bad.

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    Rebecca B February 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Brown rice, cornmeal, sucanat, organic popcorn…yum. I compare prices with Bob’s Red Mill store in Milwaukie, and buy at the cheapest place. But if you aren’t within driving distance of Milwaukie, then Azure is probably your best bet, especially for their special sales!

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    Marcee February 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I pick up our order in Stanfield, Or., near Hermiston. I order wheat berries, cider vinegar, peanuts also, chia seeds, spices, supplements, rice, real sea salt, organic popcorn, succanat, beans, Dr. Bronners soap (for making shampoe), essential oils, coconut oil. ect. WE love AZURE!!

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    Amy February 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    My Azure drop (in rural Polk County) does not require that you order $50 of anything. You can order any amount. Thanks for highlighting an amazing resource! My family has truly benefited from our Azure orders.

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    Kelleigh @ Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs February 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    You must order in Dallas! I love that we don’t have to purchase $50 at a time. SO thankful! Other Polk Co. ladies need to know that this is an option! Thanks for mentioning it!

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