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Cave Creek Olive Oil offering ‘grove to table’ products

CAVE CREEK – Olive oil is a staple ingredient in everything from salad dressings to pasta sauces. Quality olive oil as an ingredient can take a meal from good to great.

The Cave Creek Olive Oil Company, which opened last June, sells olive oil, along with balsamic vinegar, pasta, local honey, salsa, and other foodstuffs.

“Our olive oil comes from all over the world – northern and southern hemisphere,” said Martha Bates, who co-owns Cave Creek Olive Oil with her husband Rich. “We get it wherever they’re pressing freshest.”

The Bates bring 20 years of food and restaurant experience into the store.

“My wife and I moved here a year ago from Prescott,” said Rich Bates, noting that they were operating partners in a restaurant there. “Martha worked for an olive oil company in Prescott. With our food background, it was a natural fit when we decided to make the move to come down here and do something like this.”

Olive oil is a popular product in the store, but balsamic vinegar is the top seller.

“Our best-selling product in the whole store is the traditional 18-year balsamic vinegar,” Martha noted. “It goes with anything and has a wonderful flavor all its own.”

“All of our balsamics come from northern Italy,” Rich said. “That’s where the Trebbiano grape is from.” Rich added that aging improves the flavor of the vinegar. “On the balsamic generally, the older the better.”

Cave Creek Olive Oil also sells products made with olive oil, including lotions and candles.

“ We have a lot besides the oil and vinegar. We’re looking to expand to jams and jellies and maybe more lotions and some other food products,” Martha noted.

 “ We have different products and new ideas coming really soon,” added Rich.

The Cave Creek Olive Oil Company is located at 6201 E. Cave Creek Rd. See more about the store, as well as recipes, at www.cavecreekoliveoil.com.