As we move into the long, dark, cold, small-farmers’-market part of the year, we decided it would be worthwhile to again investigate ways to store our veggies and have them keep well.
Since our beloved closet dweller moved out in August, this left us with a large and remarkably cold closet. After marveling that she slept in there for over nine months, we put the cold, cold, room to work for us:
An inexpensive second-hand bookcase holds our canned tomatoes to keep them cool.
This awesome old basket, lined with brown paper, holds our squash, onions, shallots, and potatoes.
And these beautiful garlic braids, a gift from friends, hang from convenient nails on the walls.
Altogether, it is both nice and dark and cold, and also pretty cute looking. Those leaf shadows are from the cool branches we lodged up there. There are lovely little silk leaves we made from some of my fabric scraps and strung onto thread.
The only downside of our root cellar is that we no longer have a guest room, or rather our guestroom and spare blankets, mattress, and pillows, are all beginning to smell heavily of garlic.