This may be my 15 minutes of fame. If you don't know what I mean, google "Andy Worhale + 15 minutes".
I wrote about my sort of quest to buy only local food and to know where my food came from. I talked about two year round, produce-only markets in my area and my imperfect desire to buy all of our fruits and vegetables from them.
Check it out if you want.
We ended up moving forward without the pressure cooker for now. But the question persists. Where does our food come from? I insist on reaching a point where I know the answer at every turn. It is up to me to decide whether the answer is acceptable for me and my household. You may find another answer, which is perfectly fine with me.
As for part of where I used the 8 pound sack of carrots,
Pickled Carrots. Not my recipe (see link below) I used it as stated and it is very nice. The step-granddaughter asked me that the little balls were. I said they were mustard seed. She asked if mustard seed grows into carrots. (She has seen her mother and myself grow seeds into a garden.) I told her no, mustard seeds add seasoning and flavor. She is a brilliant and perfect child.