Azure Standard Affiliate!

By , March 9, 2018

For years, we’ve ordered some of our bulk goods through Azure Standard.

Azure started on a family farm east of Portland, Oregon that went organic in the early 1970s. They started operating what is commonly known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a concept we’ve advocated for a long time (see Community Supported Agriculture). They expanded as they sought out organic and non-GMO products their customers requested that the farm couldn’t provide, and eventually, they became the largest independent natural and organic food distributor in the U.S.!

Apples and Azure Standard logo

Azure Standard has some nice backgrounds for their Facebook page (Image: Azure Standard).

About the first week of each month, we place an order for what we need, and the company ships it to town by barge. We belong to a loose confederation of locals who buy through one family’s established “drop.”

A drop is basically an organized prearranged delivery point for Azure orders. If you live down south, on the road system, it sounds like you can get deliveries by truck almost right away. Ours come by barge, so they take about a week. Our drop coordinator calculates what each member owes for shipping based on their order, and everything gets handed out at the drop point. It’s quick, efficient, and a nice way to catch up with people about once a month.

One can order from Azure independently of drops. They mail orders, or you can even start your own drop for your family, friends, social group or other collective. They don’t charge membership fees.

Produce and Azure Standard logo

I think I like this one the best (Image: Azure Standard).

We barely scratch the surface of their offerings. Azure is where we get our crystal deodorants (see Deodorant Crystals for Frugal, Effective Hygiene) coconut oil to make our soaps, and a great tasting granola from Golden Temple that actually costs less than I can make granola from scratch (see Crunchy Granola (Not So) Suite: Finale), our steel cut oats, and more.

Of course, we don’t rely on them totally for groceries we can’t grow ourselves. We watch prices carefully, as some of what they offer can be purchased locally, sometimes for less. We don’t  buy exclusively from them, but we appreciate the additional resource they provide, especially for those items that aren’t available locally.

Now, they’re offering an affiliate program! Azure offers credit toward future purchases to each affiliate when customers go to Azure Standard through affiliate links, and eventually meet minimum purchase thresholds.

As you may have guessed from all the links, I’ve joined as an affiliate! We are, essentially, willing to work for food.

Yesterday, I added new banner ads to almost every page of our family Website. I’ll no doubt mention Azure and their products fairly often in the future. We hope this will serve as one of our many micro-incomes. This is an excellent way to support our lifestyle through this site while improving one’s own lifestyle at the same time!

2 Responses to “Azure Standard Affiliate!”

  1. Eva says:

    Great idea Mark. I’ll check it out as my husband tries to follow a vegan diet…me..more of a less processed food diet since we both had a cancer diagnosis this past year. Thankfully, it was stage 1 for both of us..scary stuff. I will check out Azure and should I order, I’ll make sure you get credit. Good information!

  2. Mark Zeiger says:

    Thank you, Eva! So sorry to here about the diagnoses.

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