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Bulk Buying

I get a lot of questions about what/how/when/where we eat, but people are always interested in our bulk buying.

Organic nuts, seeds, produce etc. can get pretty expensive.  We try to get around that by buying in bulk when we can.

One of my favorite bloggers Sheri over at Green and Crunchy often posts her bulk buys and I *heart* those posts.  Not sure why...maybe I just love seeing all that yummy healthy food at once.  I thought I'd post our buy this month and a little info on where we get it.

Here's our haul this month (plus one of our CSA boxes for the week). 

  • Dozen mason jars (we use these for so many things!) 
  • Raw Cacao Powder
  • 5 lbs Quinoa macaroni (Gluten-free, high in protein and tastes good...not mushy)
  • 1 gallon Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 quart bottle of Dr. Bronners soap
  • Nutiva organic hempseeds
  • Hempshakes Choclate
  • Hempshakes Acai
  • 5 lbs Organic whole wheat flour
  • 1 lb organic raw sunflower seeds
  • 5 lbs organic raw sesame seeds
  • 1 gallon organic raw apple cider vinegar
This was actually a smaller order this month...plus not pictured is 2 dozen coconut yogurts (holding us over until my homemade coconut kefir is ready) and a whole lot of organic coconut oil.

We buy our bulk orders through a company called Azure Standard.  They are an organic farm located in Darfur, OR and seem to be a great company.  We've had a few bumps with our orders along the way and their customer service has always been easy and pleasant to deal with.  They grow and package a lot of their own food but also have hard to find natural foods and ingredients.  They have a lot of products, so it takes a while to navigate their website, but once you're signed in it's very easy to create a favorites list for faster ordering.  I like a good deal as much as the next frugal mama and I've found their prices to be great for bulk items like flour, nuts, seeds, and their own packaged label, as well as their produce.  Unless something is on sale (the have monthly specials) then the other normal grocery items are comparable with the local health food grocery stores.

How does it work?  Well, you call the company and see if they have a "drop point" near you.  Then you sign up for an account online and you can see the prices and start ordering.  They deliver once a month using a semi-truck (we love our driver, Ken...he's sweet).  It's always the 3rd Wed of the month and we get a rough time frame as to when he'll be at the pick up spot.

See?  It's easy!

So go check them out if you're interested, and now you all know how we buy our bulk items.  Ha!

6 comments:

  1. We order from Azure standard too! We keep forgetting to get the order in on time lately but it is a good deal.

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  2. Sad sad Azure doesn't deliever to northern MN. . . Bummer :( I'll have to make my move to CO sooner so they can deliever to me!! I did enjoy seeing your yummy healthy foody goodness in your picture though!!!

    Are you even cooking with such a new babe in the home??!!!!

    ~Samantha

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  3. Samantha - Ha Ha! Yes...yes I am. Baby C is a good napper so far (fingers crossed) so I just have to do a bit of planning when making our food. :)
    Bitt - Yay! We get reminders from our local food co-op group otherwise I'd always forget to order too!
    xoxo

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  4. WOW! that is a nice looking haul of goods :)
    We use dr.bronners too!!
    I have never tried coconut yogurt?
    I did try to make soy kefir once..but it was yucky :P

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  5. Hey Kirsten - So Delicious makes a coconut yogurt that is pretty tasty...hoping to make my own soon. I'll let you know how it goes. I've heard soy kefir is pretty yucky. :)

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  6. Oh, I loved this post! I am a bulk buying fan!

    When time permits, you should consider making your own yogurts...so much cheaper (and healthier) than the store bought. That So Delicious isn't cheap -- it's yummy but not cheap :)

    We have a great bulk co-op here but have heard great things about Azure!

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