I've been trying off and on for a while now to find info on what people in my neck of the woods, North Florida, did back in the day about food storage, specifically about root vegetable storage.
I don't think that a root cellar would be a viable option in this area due to the fact that, near the coast, when you dig, water fills the hole, and the hole ain't gotta be all that deep.
I also wonder about the heat and humidity, which are oppressive, and if there's any way to minimize their effect on food storage.
Over the weekend, I was at a museum which has a neat little farm/homestead laid out. I ran across a building that they'd labeled a Potato House. The building was narrow; the walls weren't solid, they were kind of like the walls of a log cabin but with the cracks between logs not filled in, presumably for air flow purposes. The floor had been dug out a little bit (not enough to fill with water) and was still dirt, not covered by any flooring. The door was at one end.
In this potato house there were several jars of home canned food, I guess to demonstrate what the potato house could be used for. No potatoes, though.
I googled potato house to see what I could find out. What I found out is that there are a number of restaurants called The Potato House. Not real helpful for my purposes.
Do any of you have any information that might point me in a direction so I can learn more about this subject?