Americans may regard the potato as a carb-laden side, but in Russia, the potato is revered. During World War II, the Russian military was charged with protecting the potato seed crop every year from German bombing raids. Potatoes may be full of complex carbohydrates, but they are jammed with minerals, protein and vitamins -- yielding more calories and protein per acre than any other crop. There are more than 3,000 varieties of potatoes, but only a few dozen are commercially grown. The most popular is the Burbank russet, developed by Luther Burbank in Santa Rosa. These russets tend to be drier, which makes them fluffier when baked. Red or white "new potatoes" have that name because they are not stored; they go straight from the ground to the market, with a quick stop for cleaning. And the hottest spuds in the potato section are the Yukon Golds and fingerlings. Store your russets in a cool, dark, dry place. Any other variety should be refrigerated so they don't get flabby.
Michael Marks is the marketing manager for FreshPoint.
99 cents to $1.99 each
Tips: We are just a few weeks away from the spring season. These early season artichokes tend to have some frost damage. It only affects appearance, not quality.
99 cents to $1.49 per head
Tips: The warmer than normal winter in Yuma has produced great supplies and heavy heads. You'd be surprised how many salads can come out of one head of iceberg.
99 cents to $1.49 per pound
Tips: Once these apples come out of controlled atmosphere storage, they will "ripen" and become mealy much faster. Keep them ice cold to keep them crunchy.