When we wrote our earlier post about storing apples for the winter we hadn't yet read the piece in today's New York Times on the root cellar. Seems like gardeners, CSA-advocates, and other cooks interested in eating locally have returned to a very, very old-fashioned way of storing their food. Cynthia Worley and others like her are trying to continue to eat locally throughout the winter by storing homegrown or CSA-provided fruits and vegetables in cold storage. They are trying to get their local produce to last all winter and feed themselves without resorting to, say, tomatoes from California. They do this by storing potatoes, apples, squash, onions, and other long-lasting produce in sand in their basement or outside cubbyholes.
Have you read the article? What do you think of this?Just this year we've been thinking about trying to preserve a couple dozen squash (so cheap at the market!) for reasons of practicality and economy. We'd never even considered a root cellar or this kind of long-term storage until very recently. Is it the economy? Is it a natural outgrowth of the local food movement? What do you think? (And have you ever maintained a root cellar?)