I'm looking at buying a house about 30 miles north of where I live now. It is in a small town of 600 or so. The house was built in 1914 and does have a basement, I haven't looked at it aside from the outside at this point. It may have an old root cellar in the basement, if it doesn't I am going to build a "cold room" as my grandmother called it. I will take one corner of the basement and build insulated walls on two sides of the room and will insulate the ceiling as well so that the room will stay as cool as possible and not be affected by heat from the rest of the basement. I'll keep fruits and vegetables in the "cold room", there will be no windows and the door will be insulated as well. It should help keep fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer. I will put up shelves and such, most likely rubber coated steel wire to allow the most air flow.