We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My dad would store potatoes, carrots, apples, squash, etc. in the basement on a section of the floor that was dirt. The potatoes lasted until spring, The apples would shrink up over time but we still ate them. The skin was tougher, the texture a little grainy and less sweet but still happy to have them. I suppose foods lose a little of their nutritional value over time but still good to eat. I am always on the lookout for free fruit. I will even take the apples that are wormy. Cut them in half near the worm hole and there is a fair chance one entire half of the apple is worm free. Cut the wormy side in half again and there is a slightly less chance that one half of it will be OK as well. Discard anything with worms and make a pie or can them. If anyone in your family is squeamish don't tell them.
I think it's a marvel that they store food like that for all year usage. On the other hand my Vermont uncle usually ships a case from a local farm when apple picking starts. The McIntoshes taste better but they are only available for a short time. Apples don't do well in Florida. They don't like the heat.