Surplus boulders from Jones Family Farms in Shelton will be turned into tableware by a Massachusetts-based art studio.
Gerald Croteau, the studio’s artist and founder, recently picked up the stones by hand in Shelton to be brought back to his workshop in Lowell, Mass.
Once transformed into food slabs, coasters and bowls that the studio calls Bowlders, American Stonecraft will give some of the finished work to the farm as compensation for the rocks.
Other items will be sold at shops throughout Connecticut, online, and at the studio’s retail store in the Boston.
‘Filled with sparkly mica’
“The stones I gathered in Shelton look to be filled with sparkly mica and will rival the geology seen in kitchen and bath showrooms,” Croteau said.
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“Additionally, the profit generated from them will help support Jones Family Farm to continue growing beautiful provisions for Shelton and the surrounding community,” he said.
About 85 surplus granite boulders from Jones Farms will be used by American Stonecraft, which has worked with almost 50 farms to create tableware. Labels identify the farms where the rock originated.
Planted by glaciers
The soil in Shelton, like in much of the Northeast, is littered with fieldstones planted by glaciers thousands of years ago. Every year, the freeze-thaw cycle of winter pushes a new crop of these stones to the surface.
Jones Farms uses nearly all of these freshly unearthed fieldstones to build the stonewalls crisscrossing the 400-acre farm and winery. “These stonewalls are sacred,” said Jamie Jones, sixth-generation farmer at Jones Family Farm.
“This cluster of farmland in Fairfield County is one of the few remaining large tracts of land in cultivation,” Jones said. “We are 80 miles to Times Square, but feels a world apart up here on top of the hills.”
Learn more at www.AmericanStonecraft.com.