This is really invaluable information because as we get better at growing more veggies, we need to learn ways of keeping them fresh & at eating quality longer.
It's also evident that you would want sufficient surplus to make the effort of digging the winter storage pit worthwhile.
Do you ever have trouble with burrowing animal finding the pit? (My potatoes -- both regular and sweet -- were eaten by some animal this season for the first time. I'm suspecting chipmunks.) I HAVE heard of burying plastic trash cans. If soil contact is important, I suppose burying a hardware cloth box/cage might be the answer....
Would you agree that a typical progression would be ...?
(1) Grow enough to sample harvest/supplement purchased produce
(2) Grow enough for day-to-day use in season
(3) Grow enough supplement to preserve by pickling and canning
(4) Grow enough for winter storage to be enjoyed in spring
I know store-bought carrots don't last THAT long in the veggie drawer of the fridge.
Do some of you have a walk-in fridge or maybe a dedicated veggie fridge kind of thing?
Do you have some carrots and other root veggies in root cellar or other more readily accessible storage to last most of the winter as well? (You did mention raiding the pit during the winter but not very easily)
(jal -- if this seems way off topic, I can split this off to start another thread)