It’s Root Cellar Season – David Hammond’s Root Cellar Diaries
Who keeps a root cellar in the suburbs?
Food-writer around town, David “Hat” Hammond.
Inspired from some things he saw last year as well as things he read about on the Local Beet, Hammond decided to expand his ability to eat local in the winter by keeping his own root cellar. He had the ideal space in his basement, an old dark-room. The room met the three primary needs of a root cellar: cold, dark, and wet. Hammond decided to keep a diary of his nascent cellar and share it with Local Beet readers. Of course, as we read along, we found out that a working cellar often has a fourth need, a good mouser.
Now’s the time to think about keeping your own root cellar, and now’s the time to catch up with how Hammond’s done it.
The Root Cellar Diaries by David Hammond
Returning to his roots, Hammond builds his cellar.
So it begins, putting the first bits away.
Getting down to basics, finding supplies in likely places?
Opening of the eyes, the first month of root cellar use.
We have seen the enemy, an unanticipated problem down there.
Survival of the fittest, help from a family friend.
How I would die on the prairie, in which we first notice rotting food.
And David wraps up a first season as a root cellar-ist.
Yet, finds use in the summer.
Filling up for a second season.