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
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!