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What's on sale in November

Apples and squash
Apples and squash

Good harvests for some of the root vegetables mean great prices for consumers this month, Terranova says.

Above the ground, apples are a popular pick. "Apples are off the hook," he says.

While Terranova's picking them up for $15 for 15 pounds, not everyone wants to buy bulk.

In smaller quantities, prices are averaging around $1.20 to $1.30 a pound for domestic varieties of apples, while Galas and imports sell for closer to $2 per pound, he says.

And that's a cut of 10 cents to 15 cents a pound from last year, Terranova says.

Another great buy this month is squash.

"One of the biggest things today and most flavorful: butternut squash," Terranova says. "And it's an economical buy." Acorn squash is tasty and affordable, too.

Squash is in season, popular at the Thanksgiving table and about 15 cents per pound cheaper this month, he says.

Don't be afraid to get creative with some of the traditional fall favorites, Terranova says.

With a recent abundance of pumpkins, his students found a great way to prepare them: cut up and broiled, then tossed with heavy cream and some sage to serve over pasta.

The result, says Terranova, was something unconventional and delicious.

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