If you’ve been around my blog at all, you’ll probably have noticed that I love Azure Standard. I have been purchasing the majority of my baking goods there for about 13 years now (both in Montana and in South Carolina). If you’re interested in learning more about this amazing food co-op, how to get involved, and a list of my favorite gluten-free Azure Standard products, read on!
All About Azure Standard.
Azure Standard began as a small organic farm in Oregon in the 1980s. Since then it has grown into a major natural health food distributor with an online shop front and shipping all over the continental US. With around 4,000 acres of land, they are able to grow and package many of their own products. This helps make it possible for them to deliver high-quality, non-GMO, and organic foods at a price that is unbeatable. They’re almost always more affordable than the other online options such as Vitacost, Thrive, and Amazon!
How do I order from Azure Standard?
Azure orders are placed online and picked up monthly from a “drop” in your area. You can plug your address in to the drop locator on Azure’s website and make sure there’s a drop nearby. They have drop locations in most of the United States, and will even ship products to places such as Alaska and Hawaii. Once you find a location near you, you’ll then need to make an account. This is completely free!
Now that you have an account, you can peruse Azure’s 12,000+ products and add the ones you want to your cart (just like any other online shopping). After you place your order, Azure will fill it and ship it out on the next truck to your area. Orders are due by a certain date each month and the drops happen monthly, as well (usually about 2 weeks after the order is due).
When the drop day arrives, you simply go to your drop location and pick up your order!
What kind of products does Azure carry?
To be honest, Azure carries just about everything you need to live a healthy life. Dry goods, in season produce, clean supplements, non-toxic cleaning products and beauty supplies, organic animal feeds, seeds and starter plants in the spring, feminine products and diapers, bedding, books and more!
Though I order a variety of products every month, here I’ve tried to compile a list of some of my favorite gluten-free Azure Standard products I’ve ordered over the years….
My Favorite Gluten-Free Azure Standard Products.
Just FYI, all the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra to click through them and place your order, I just get a little commission for sharing them! Also, just for free, I’ll leave some links to my favorite recipes to make with the things I get from Azure. The inspiration is free of charge, as well!
Azure Market Organics cassava flour – Since starting to use cassava flour about a year ago, it’s quickly become my grain-free favorite! I use it for pancakes, brownies, and bars, as well as for thickening sauces and gravys.
Azure Market Organics tapioca starch – I use tapioca starch for most of my gluten-free baking, it’s good to mix with other gf flours like brown rice and sorghum and in things like muffins and pancakes.
Azure Market Organics fair-trade cocoa powder – Of course, one of my favorite things ever. I can literally eat this cocoa powder all by itself! You simply cannot beat fair-trade organic cocoa powder for this price! It’s my favorite in homemade hot cocoa, brownies, cakes, and chocolate marshmallows.
Azure Market Organics pure raw carob powder – If you’ve never tried carob before, it’s kind-a like a caffeine-free chocolate, but a little sweeter. I grew up drinking in hot carob (like hot cocoa), and eating it in brownies. I also make carob chips (like chocolate chips) with it.
Honorable mention goes to Azure Market Organics rolled oats. These aren’t certified gluten-free (though my celiac dad eats them with no problem), but I don’t eat oats either way, sooo…. do what you want with that. Azure does have certified gluten-free oats too, though, so never fear! I make all my family’s granola with Azure’s rolled oats, as well as oatmeal, cookies, and waffles.
Spices and herbs
Azure Market Organics ginger root powder – My husband says I put too much ginger in anything I use it for, but I love it so much! Gingersnaps are my favorite way, but I also love it in my coffee, jello, smoothies, and soup!
Maine Coast Sea Seasonings sea salt with organic sea veg shaker – I usually use this on rice or in my raw carrot salads.
Azure Market Organics cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil – It’s good. Perfect for all the Italian things, greasing pans, salad dressings, etc. Not very cheap, but very good quality!
Azure Market Organics expeller-pressed coconut oil – I use Azure’s coconut oil for pretty much everything! It’s great in baking, in cooking, for greasing my cast iron pans, and for frying anything.
Azure Market Organics cold-pressed, refined avocado oil – My favorite thing to make with Azure avocado oil is homemade mayonnaise. It’s the only way to go. I have also been known to add it to my dairy-free ice creams. It helps make them not freeze to death!
Azure Market raw berry/wildflower honey – Azure’s honey is simply amazing. It has a deep, rich flavor, and it’s nice and thick. Bonus, when you’re done with the quart-size you have a nice canning jar left.
Azure Market Organics coconut sugar – For about the past year, coconut sugar has been my go-to sweetener. I love the texture it adds to my brownies, and of course, not being refined or genetically modified in any way is a huge plus! Azure’s coconut sugar is so much more affordable than anywhere else, especially for that amazing quality.
Extracts & misc. liquids
Azure Market four-fold vanilla extract – This vanilla extract is so good, I have to ration it’s use in my house, otherwise my daughter would put it in everything. I do allow an extra dose in homemade vanilla ice cream!
Flavorganics Extract pure peppermint – Brownies, ice cream, cocoa…. I love using peppermint extract in all the normal ways.
Azure Market Organics coconut aminos – I use coconut aminos in place of Bragg’s liquid aminos, since I can’t have soy. It’s still great on fried rice and on fish.
I use beans pretty indiscriminately in making chili and bean soups, with the exception being that I only use navy beans for white chicken chili. Whenever I make beans, I always make sure to soak and sprout them first (I only ever use dried beans).
Azure Market Organics polenta corn grits– We live in the south. We eat grits. At least my family does. I can’t eat corn, but my family loooooves these grits more than any other brands I’ve tried. And there’s NO weird unnecessary ingredients like most brands, either. I don’t have a recipe on the blog for grits, but there’s one on the back of the bag.
Azure Market non-GMO tapioca pearls – No recipe yet! Working on a boba tea!
Azure Market Organics Thomson select raisins – I’m fairly certain that if Azure stopped selling these raisins my 11 year old daughter would die. They are literally her favorite thing ever. She puts them on everything. I put them in my Irish soda bread, charoset, and granola.
Azure Market Organics apple-juice infused dried cranberries – Yes. These are as amazing as they sound. I try hard to not just eat them by the handful.
Azure Husbandry organic juice apples – These apples are only sold in season, which makes them super affordable, even when compared to non-organic apples! My kids usually eat them raw, and I use any banged up ones to make apple juice or applesauce.
Azure Market Produce organic garlic – My daughter uses this as seed garlic for our garden. It’s amazing! I also use it for a natural antibiotic.
Azure Market Produce organic navel oranges – These oranges make the best juice! I only get these as a treat, ’cause they’re pricey, but bonus: I’ve also planted the seeds from them and grown my own little orange tree!
I do get supplements from many places, but these ones are usually more affordable at Azure than anywhere else. I also do usually make my own toothpaste, but my family appreciates getting “store bought” tooth powder every now and again!
George’s aloe juice – Great for detoxing, sore throats, sore tummies, healing sunburn…
I have a really bad habit of reacting to just about any dish soap I’ve tried except Azure’s clean brand! My husband has bought just about every non-toxic dish soap out there in an attempt to get me to wash dishes, and this is the only one I can use without itching hands and tightening lungs. Azure’s brand also happens to de-grease better than most of the non-toxic brands we’ve tried, and my husband loves the dishwasher powder so much he uses it as a powder scrub for the stove-top and bathtub as well.
We don’t always buy the organic chicken feed, ’cause it can be quite pricey when you have a large flock, but we do always keep the oyster shells and sunflower seeds on hand for chicken supplements!