As you know, both potatoes and onions need cool, dark & dry storage. Many people tend to store them together since they prefer the same climate...however if they're too close together they will actually spoil faster. EEK! The nice thing about this bin is that the compartments are completely separate. They also have a small hole in the back of each to allow limited airflow.
Our main kitchen is in the basement of our home. Even when I'm cooking for hours, it rarely gets hot. This makes for the perfect temperature for a root vegetable storage area.
This bin appears to be handmade. I've done a little research and have seen it described as "Typical Americana" and 'vintage' (pretty sure that's just a catch-all term for 70's and earlier! lol) We don't know how long Nunny had it. We don't know if it was handed down to her, or if she purchased it new. I often wonder if it reminded her of the past. It certainly makes me think of the past...the way things were and the way I try to make them now. I do try very hard to bring back the past here at the farm! I don't grow potatoes, so that's a grocery bag in there. I did grow those onions though! Yummy!
What a great way to store the harvest! It's even inspired me to try to grow my own potatoes next summer. I'll let you know how it goes!