Cranberries bounce -- and they float, too. Cut a cranberry in half, and you'll see why. Each crimson berry has four hollow air chambers. Cranberries grow along the 39th parallel from Massachusetts to Washington, where the climate and acidic soil are perfect for these hollow delights. If you have cranberry sauce left from Thanksgiving, try adding it to your favorite barbecue sauce or using it as a condiment for pork loin.
You should find cranberries retailing for $2 to $2.50 per 12-ounce bag. They freeze beautifully, so buy several bags now and you'll be set for Christmas feasts and winter entertaining.
Michael Marks is the marketing manager for FreshPoint.
$1.29 to $1.49 per pound
Tips: These late season Bartletts tend to ripen very quickly. Handle them very gently and beware the stems, which may gouge surrounding pears.
Local farms and Washington state
$1.49 to $1.79 per pound
Tips: This cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious is a great apple and a great addition to any apple pie.
$3.99 to $4.99 per pound
Tips: It's not your imagination. These are some of the highest prices I have ever seen, about double the normal, and they are likely to stay that way into spring.