I t’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week — some people are still working through their Halloween candy they managed to hide from the trick-or-treaters. When reality hit me that turkey day was just around the corner, I realized I felt unmotivated to put together a big holiday meal.

One of the biggest challenges Granite State farmers have is finding a spot at the table when competing with big agriculture, a local farmer told University of New Hampshire researchers during a networking event Thursday.

THE LAST COUPLE of times Mrs. Gourmet and I were out for Asian food, we were with relatives at old family-favorite Chinese restaurants. Mrs. G and I hadn’t been to either place in years. Neither was very good, and we both wondered how those places got to be old family favorites.