Root Cellar Roots

Time to check on the stored roots. I didn’t grow any these – as usual I lost control over the garden mid-Summer and have yet to grow a successful Fall crop. These came in my CSA farm share from Siena Farm. As you can see I had a hard time keeping up with the parsnips! I also have a lot of carrots but that’s because the farm grew an epic carrot crop this year.

Luckily these roots keep well and long in the crisper in the fridge and in boxes in the mudroom (the coldest room in the house), but they would store better in boxes in sand and sawdust (we generate a lot of the latter) in a root cellar  (it’s a long-standing wish).  There is a possibility: we could build a cupboard around the north-west facing  basement window in the new storage room. We could open or close the window to regulate the temperature somewhat, and there are ways to keep it somewhat moist. As I fill up that storage room, I’ll keep that possibility open.

Can’t wait on that though, because some of these  have been in the fridge for too long. So I am looking at souping, blanch and freezing today.

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