Getting started with Azure Standard…my new favorite food resource

I must tell you all about my new favorite thing. For more months than I would like to admit I have been modifying my “virtual cart” at Azure Standard.  Last week I was finally able to get my first order.  Azure Standard is a co-op of “quality bulk and natural foods”.  They can ship most things to your door, but the best way to order from them is by having your order sent to a “drop point.”

It is like grocery shopping from your couch…for good quality food…at great prices.  What’s not to like?

To get started you can call customer service and tell them your city and see if they deliver to your area, or check out their route information on their site.  Then, ask them for the phone numbers for some people who have “drop sites” in the area.  After calling around and settling on the coordinator that is most convenient for you ask when you need to submit your order by (or try to figure it out online), and when the order will come.

The items come by truck to your drop point and either the driver or coordinator will usually call you to tell approximately you when your things are coming/ have arrived.  Some sites work things a bit differently.  Some drops are in parking lots and some are on porches.

I found it a bit difficult to get started because of all the phone calls that I had to make.  With three small children it was really hard to call the 9 names they gave me to actually figure out which drops where near me.  I attempted a few times, but then got busy and a month or so would pass before I would get back around to it.

The other tricky thing is that most drop sites have to make a minimum order to get delivery.  The first drop I tried was going to be really close to my house, but we did not make the minimum order and I had to switch at the last minute to find a new one.  I ended up doing what I knew I should have done all along and went with a “tried and true” drop that a friend used that always meets their minimum (around$500).  Another thing to be aware of is that I believe most sites require that you meet a personal minimum order of $50 if you are having your items sent to a drop.

Be sure to check out their specials as well.  Their sales span over a two month period.

They carry SO many different types of things.  They carry tons of bulk foods, canned goods, produce, packaged natural/organic yummies, dairy, frozen goods, meats, herbs, health and beauty items, cleaning products, baby things, supplements, pet care items, and more all at great prices.

Here are some more shots of the goods…in case you are as curious as I am about what other people buy when they shop.

Here is what happens after you get all your pretty new glass jars out and start putting your bulk purchases away.  After months of dreaming of this moment…your toddler knocks the oatmeal over.  You bite you lip, try to show grace, and see how fast you can run the price per lb.

 

(In case y’all were wondering, I get nothing for this endorsement. I just am really enjoying my purchases.)

If you have any other questions for this newbie feel free to try me.

Do you order from Azure? What are your favs?

7 Responses to Getting started with Azure Standard…my new favorite food resource
  1. Barrie Rose
    April 21, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    I have a community house on the Big Island of Hawaii and would like to know if we might be able to arrange for a drop off in Kamuela which is in the center of the northern part of the island. We are located approximately 85 – 90 miles north of Hilo, Hawaii 96720.

    Please advise and also instruct me how to find your inventory list that we can order from.

    Thank you!
    Barrie Rose

    • Kari
      April 21, 2011 | 9:33 pm

      Hi Barrie Rose!
      I have no official affiliation with the company. I am just a happy customer trying to pass on what I have learned. Because their drop points are delivered by a semi truck on some pretty basic routes I don’t think they would be able to deliver to Hawaii. There are still a lot of mainland states that Azure does not deliver to by truck. There is a chance that they may be able to ship to Hawaii, but I am not sure. You should contact their customer service (I believe I have a link in my post for that). I am sure it is hard not having as many sources for affordable food sources. Hope you are able to figure something out.

      Blessings,
      Kari

  2. Veronica @ A Quiet Heart
    April 27, 2011 | 7:49 pm

    We had friends that ordered from Azure before we moved (out of state), and it seemed like a great thing…but one of those things I never got around to seriously checking out. Now that we are settled, I’ve been thinking about looking for a drop site…This information was REALLY helpful, as I was wondering exactly how to go about doing it!! Thank you! (And, it is nice to know that you seem to be as happy with their service/products as my other friends were.)

  3. Veronica @ A Quiet Heart
    April 27, 2011 | 7:49 pm

    P.S. I found you through the Raising Homemakers link-up! :)

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