Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
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.