This post is sponsored by Bolthouse Farms and SHE Media. All opinions are my own.\r\n\r\nDo you know where your food comes from? Since moving back to California, I have a lot more opportunities to buy local produce, but I don\u2019t always prioritize it as I should.\r\nVisiting the Carrot Fields\r\nLast month, I had the chance to visit Bolthouse Farms. They are one of the leading producers of carrots in the entire world. I am very fortunate to live in California, which I learned is called the \u201cbread basket\u201d of the world. California produces over 80% of US carrots. That\u2019s pretty impressive if you ask me. Bolthouse Farms is known for its farming tradition, as they have been farming carrots for over 100 years.\r\n\r\nDuring my visit to their farm, I got to see one of their carrot fields for myself. I got to pick and taste a carrot right from the ground. Plus, I got to ride on their carrot harvester and see all of the work and effort that goes into carrot farming.\r\n\r\n\r\nTouring the Bolthouse Farms Plant\r\nAfter visiting the farm, we journeyed to the plant where the carrots are processed into various food products. I saw the entire process from field to juice bottle or baby carrot bag. It was so interesting and impressive to get to see their operations first-hand.\r\n\r\nWhat was so amazing to me is just how little waste they create. Nearly every part of the carrot is used in some way. The tops get fed back into the soil, the carrots that aren\u2019t the prettiest get turned into chips or shreds or animal feed.\r\n\r\nWatching the entire process of production took me back to my sustainability education days. As a bit of a nerd and sustainability scholar, it impressed me how close to a closed-loop system Bolthouse Farms has. They are creating very little waste, which ultimately is good for the planet.\r\n\r\nI know it\u2019s not always possible to buy local produce. But that\u2019s why I\u2019m so glad I got to experience a large corporation\u2019s operations. It actually made me feel better about the times I do have to buy from the grocery store. I am happy to know that Bolthouse Farms makes good choices for the environment and it made me feel better educated that there are brands out there that do follow sustainable practices. Now it\u2019s just my job to educate myself and research so I can support the brands that align with my values.\r\n\r\nOverall, I really enjoyed visiting the Bolthouse Farms carrot field and plant. It was such a neat opportunity to learn more about food production and also about California\u2019s agricultural landscape. The experience definitely got me thinking more about what I buy and eat.\r\n\r\nCheck out these links in case you're looking for other sustainability stories or fresh produce stories.