Apples: you need to look for bright-colored skin and rigid fruit; shun any with bruises or dark spots. The best way to store up apples is in puncture plastic bags in the refrigerator.
Carrots: Choose carrots less than 1 to 1 1/3 inches in diameter. Store carrots with green tops trimmed. Carrots would keep several weeks in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator in punctured plastic bags.
Pears: If pears are hard, they could be ripened at room temperature for more that few days. To keep pears longer periods of time do store them in the refrigerator.
Pumpkins: Select heavy, untarnished pumpkin, which is free of cracks and soft spots and has a deep orange color. Pumpkins need to not be stored in the refrigerator or in a damp place.