If your basement is heated & you don't have a traditional "cellar", you can make an in-ground root cellar out of a 5 gallon plastic bucket! I used mine this winter, & I had carrots & potatoes from October until March! Cheap, simple, & effective.
You haven't lived until you try Linda Ziedrich's mom's addictive spiced pickled prunes. Ziedrich is a canning guru, the author of "The Joy of Pickling" and "The Joy of Jams." I had the pleasure of interviewing her at her farm in Scio, Oregon.