Azure Standard is a great resource for buying high quality natural and organic products for great prices. They are a family run business out of The Dalles, Oregon, and from what I have heard they are also a Christian company (they sell Christian books in their catalog, I noticed as well), and they distribute to all over the NW, and Midwest now. You can become a drop spot or connect with others in your area which provides free shipping. They also ship UPS anywhere. My family and I have done the research, and their prices are significantly cheaper than Whole Foods/Wild Oats and Fred Meyer’s Nutrition Center. It is comparable to Trader Joe’s, but then again they carry a lot more products then my local TJ’s.
On request of my friend, Lylah, I have decide to post some of my recommendations of items that I buy from them. Their catalog and website is packed with resources, so it can be intimidating for a first time user. I hope you find this helpful.
What I recommend (all the brands are listed in the parentheses, unless it is just an Azure standard product):
Grains – I buy 25 lbs of most of my grains, due to the savings – rolled oats, hard white wheat grain (for my bread), soft white grain (for all my other baking of quick breads, muffins, etc.),-I store these in 5 gallon containers in my garage. If you don’t have a grain mill, you can also buy these products already ground into flour. But I would not recommend buying in bulk as the flour would go bad.
Other grains (5 lb quantities last a few months for me)- barley, quinoa, short grain brown rice, kamut, spelt
Legumes – split peas, lentils (5 lbs)
Beans – kidney, black, pinto, chickpeas (5 lbs) All of these I store in glass quart jars or gallon jars in my kitchen
Herbs – (Frontier or Oregon Spice) – I try to just buy in 4 oz quantities, because they go bad quickly
Raw Milk Cheddar (Brunkow) -excellent cheese!
Mozzarella (Rumiano -although pasturized this is definitely the best price for a 6 lb loaf of mozzarella!) Both of these cheeses I grate or slice entirely and freeze in ziplocs for later use.
Feta Cheese (Rumiano) – 4 lb container for a huge savings!
Coconut Milk (Thai Kitchen Organic) -great for smoothies and coconut ice cream!
Coconut Oil (Nutivia brand) – for use in your smoothies, cooking, and body (I usually buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs for the best price but this is very comparative)
Olive Oil (Bragg’s)
Supplements – Apple Cider Vinegar (raw organic in bulk), Flax Seeds (5 lb. bulk), Chia seeds
Baking Products – Baking Powder (rumford), Baking Soda (bulk-I use it for cleaning as well), Real Salt (Redmonds), Cinnamon, arrowroot powder, buttermilk powder, cocoa powder
Sweeteners – Raw Honey (1 gal), Rapadura (Rapunzel) or Sucanat-an excellent natural sweetener, use in replacement of sugar or brown sugar
Soap – Dr. Bronner’s (for bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, cleaning, aftershave, etc-I am just in the process of learning how to use this one product for many uses)
Ground Turkey (Sheltons) case of 12 lbs, packaged in 1 lb. packages
Canned Goods -Tomato Sauce, Diced Tomatoes (12 cans ea quantity packs)
Brown Rice Pasta (Tinkyaka’s brown rice pasta is wonderful and the best pasta to serve with the least amount of phytates)
Frozen Berries - I try to buy all my berries fresh during the summer and freeze them, but in case I run out, Azure sells large quantities of pesticide free berries for very good prices.
Burger Buns (Alvardo Street Bakery) We love these sprouted burger buns from this bakery! I try to buy in a case and keep in the freezer.
God bless you in your pursuit of buying good quality resources for your family!