I was introduced to Azure Standard via the Heavenly Homemakers website. I've been looking for inexpensive wheat berries because I'd like to grind my own whole wheat. (I know, can you believe it?) It's much healthier and less expensive than buying pre-ground whole wheat. I had found wheat berries for $0.25 a pound...woohoo! Then I checked the shipping costs -- it was going to cost at least $1 a pound for shipping...whoa hoa! Azure Standard had 50 pound bags of hard white wheat berries (the recommended type of wheat berry to grind "to make my bread;" and yes, being 7 months preggers, I do feel like a giant!) for about $25 with FREE shipping on orders over $50. They also give you the choice of COD or credit card to pay for your order. I do believe I can handle that. :-)
Azure Standard has a HUGE inventory to offer. If you are looking for organic products and/or gluten free products, they should have you covered. I do need to offer the disclaimers that
- I don't usually use organic, and I, thankfully, have no need for gluten free products, so I can't say if their prices are competitive or not.
- Aside from being a customer, Azure Standard has no idea who I am or that I'm blogging about them. :-)
What was I looking for besides hard white wheat berries?
- Apples in bulk -- most of the organic varieties they offer (and they have a whole assortment) are about $1 a pound. They do offer a 3# bag of organic apples for $1.90. You don't get to choose your variety, so as long as you're not picky (& as far as this is concerned, I'm really not), this, is a great deal! I'd like to try and make homemade applesauce as well as apple butter, and my munchkins ask for apples as a snack multiple times a day. Just snacking on apples, we finish a 3# bag in just a few days. Whew! A buck ninety is pretty good for several days worth of healthy snacks.
- Non-fat Milk Powder that's RBGH free -- oh yes, it IS real. I use milk powder in my yogurt, in my breakfast cookies, and, I'm sure, there will be other uses as well. With it being just a little over $2 a pound, it's something worth investing in for our health. I'm really trying to stay away from RGBH as much as possible, and for cooking/baking this is a great option.
- Beans & Lentils -- good assortment for decent prices
One thing to be aware of -- you may not get everything you order. Our milk powder was not on the truck. This wasn't an issue for us as we ordered things we wanted, not anything that we desperately needed. All in all, it was a really good experience, and I've already started on our order for February. :-)