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Texas Hill Country Olive Co.
Located on Fitzhugh Road near Dripping Springs, Texas Hill Country Olive Co. grows and presses organic olives and recently started selling infused traditional balsamic vinegars at Faraday’s Kitchen Store, Farm to Market Grocery, Mandola’s Italian Market and the Cedar Park, Georgetown and Dripping Springs farmers markets. www. texashillcountryoliveco.com
First Texas Olive Oil Co.
For nearly 10 years, First Texas Olive Oil has pressed olive oils from six varieties of olive trees grown on a ranch in Wimberley. The company also sells traditional balsamic vinegars, including a fig vanilla flavor, at the ranch, 3101 Mount Sharp Road. www. texasoliveoil.com
Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars
Con’ Olio, located in the Arboretum in North Austin, carries one of the biggest selections of olive oils and vinegars in the area. The oils, many of which are infused with flavors including truffle, Persian lime and wild mushroom, are imported from Europe, Australia, South America and California but co-owner Jeff Conarko says he hopes to carry olive oil from First Texas Olive Oil Co. in Wimberley later this year. In addition to unflavored 12-and 18-year traditional balsamic vinegars, you’ll find infused vinegars ranging from black currant and dark chocolate to honey ginger and cinnamon pear. www.conolios.com
Texas Olive Ranch
Texas Olive Ranch, based near Carrizo Springs in South Texas, sells some of the most widely available olive oils and vinegars, including several infused varieties such a sweet basil olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar. Look for their products at Central Market, H-E-B, Thom’s Market, Greenling Organic Delivery and Wheatsville Co-op. www.texasoliveranch.com