Fresh Fork Market, a local farm buying club similar to a CSA (community supported agriculture), has commissioned Gina Desantis of Lakewood to create 200 handmade, “French butter crocks.”
Fresh Fork Market founder Trevor Clatterbuck explains that “we have exceptional butter made locally, but there is nothing more frustrating than pulling it out of the refrigerator and not being able to spread it.” A French butter crock is a ceramic dish with a lid. In the lid there is an inverted, conical shaped opening in which butter is packed. The dish is filled about a quarter full with water and the cone/bell is packed with butter. The butter may then be kept at room temperature without spoiling for up to a month, depending on how warm the house and relative humidity.
Clatterbuck explains, “I’ve suggested to a lot of my customers to get a French butter crock. They all look at me like I’m crazy. What’s that?” As one can derive from the name, most butter crocks are manufactured in France. Others are made in China. Very few are made in the USA, and none are made locally, until now.
Gina Desantis will create 200 exclusive pieces for Fresh Fork Market to resell. The butter crocks will be in three colors – a bright, lime green; a subtle, spring green; and white with black spots, similar to a Holstein cow. Pieces will be available for sale in June and will be available from Fresh Fork Market at www.freshforkmarket.com or at any of our area CSA pickup locations.
Samples are available for inspection this Saturday, May 5th at the Lakewood Screw Factory Open House from Noon until 7 PM. Full details about the Screw Factory open house may be found here: http://www.screwfactoryartists.com/
Gina Desantis’ website: http://ginadesantisceramics.com/