Root Cellar Diary: Aftermath

Winter is over; spring is here; we no longer need a root cellar.

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By David Hammond

I planted peas in my garden today.

We picked up our first CSA vegetable shipment last week.

It’s official: winter is over; spring is here; we no longer need a root cellar.

Fact is, we never needed a root cellar because, you know, it’s 2012.

Still, during the colder months, it was nice to have a big walk-in refrigerator, and it was super convenient having a lot of vegetables available whenever we needed them.

During the past winter, I learned a little about managing a root cellar, like “Be vigilant (especially regarding rodents and rot)” and “Keep the damn place humidified.”

I also learned we don’t like squash. When I went in to check out the cellar last week, I found a large container full of rotting squash that we just never got around to eating. I realized: I don’t like squash.

Will I have a root cellar next year? Hell’s yeah! And every time I go downstairs to pull out an onion or a bunch of spuds for dinner, I will thank the lord that I’m not a sodbuster relying upon this single store of goods to get me through the winter.


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John Hubbuch from Oak Park  

Posted: April 16th, 2012 7:37 AM

I thought that root cellars went out with the ice box and the clothesline. I'm intigued about the new possibilities for my basement.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 13th, 2012 2:19 PM

Right, yes, and by that reasoning, I like chitterlings, too, I just don't eat them often. Actually, I eat them only once per decade (the grilled skewer of them we nibbled in Hong Kong takes care of this decade, so I don't have to confront them again until sometime between 2020 and 2030. I can wait.

Carolyn Berg from Oak Park  

Posted: April 12th, 2012 6:19 PM

I must object - we do like squash, particularly the dark skinned kabocha squash which we ate several of. The problem was that we just don't care to eat squash very often. We probably should have only bought six of them instead of a bushel.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: April 12th, 2012 5:55 PM

When the squash seems squalid I turn to tater tots :)

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