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Hill Country Growers and Producers

By July 2004Comments

Goat Cheese: Wateroak Farms, 8187 Water Oaks Lane, Bryan; 979-279-2373. Call for hours. Also available at Bryan-College Station and Austin retailers.

Herbs: Generation Farms, 1109 N. McKinney, Rice; 903-326-4263. Call or go to susantaylortours.com for hours. Also sold at many supermarkets.

Honey: Lone Star Honey/Walker Honey Company, 8060 E. U.S. 190, Rogers; 254-983-5663, walkerhoney.com. From Belton, take exit 299 off I-35. Then turn east on U.S. 190. Open Tue-Fri 10-6, Sat 8-2. Also available at H-E-B stores.

Meier Ranch, Fredericksburg, 830-997-5837, meierranchfoods.com. Not open to the public. Available at specialty shops and gourmet food stores.

Lavender: Bear Creek Lavender, 210-510-6800. Not open to the public. Available by phone or bearcreeklavender.com.

Triple L Farms and Trading Post, 9229 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg; 830-990-4195. From Austin, take U.S. 290 west, turn left on Old San Antonio Road, and go for about 9 miles. Open Fri-Sun 9-5.

Olive Oil: Bella Vista Ranch, 3101 Mt. Sharpe Road, Wimberley; 512-847-6514 or 877-239-8305, bvranch.com. From Wimberley (on Ranch Road 12), turn right on Jacob’s Well Road. Go 1.6 miles to a stop sign, turn right on Mt. Sharpe Road, and go about 2 miles. Open Sun 10-3, Fri & Sat 9-4.

Sandy Oaks Ranch, 210-422-6657, sandyoaks.com. From San Antonio, take exit 120 (Hardy Road) off I-37S. Go left on Hardy about 1/4 of a mile. Take another left on Mathis and go 1/4 of a mile. The gate to the ranch will be on the left. Open Mon-Sat 8-4.

Rosé Wine: Driftwood Vineyards, 21550 Ranch Road 12, Driftwood; 512-858-4508, driftwoodvineyards.com. From Austin, take U.S. 290 west to Dripping Springs. Go left (south) on Ranch Road 12 for 6 miles. The vineyards are on the left. Open Mon-Sat 10-6 & Sun noon-6.

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, 1741 Herbelin Road, New Braunfels; 830-885-4121, drycomalcreek.com. From I-35 in New Braunfels, take Texas Highway 46 west for about 6 miles. Look for the “winery” sign on your left.

Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 Burnet County Road 409, Spicewood; 830-693-5328, spicewoodvineyards.com. From Austin, take Texas Highway 71 west to Spicewood. Turn left on Burnet County Road 408. Go about 7/10 of a mile and turn right on County Road 409. Go 1 1/2 miles through the vineyard, and take the left fork to reach the winery building and parking. Open for tastings and tours Wed-Fri noon-5, Sat 10-5, Sun noon-5, and by appointment.

Texas Hills Vineyard, Johnson City, 830-868-2321. From Johnson City, take Ranch Road 2766 east 1 mile. Open Mon-Sat 10-5 & Sun noon-5. One type of rose should be available by the October harvest.

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