Friday, November 9, 2012

Where do you get your khakis?

Maine Windjammer, 1964 - Original photo from our personal archives
The one item that is a sine qua non to the classic wardrobe is a pair of khaki pants. This is true for males and females, young and old.
Vendors, knowing "khaki" is often referred to as a color, now use the term "chinos" which are offered in various shades of Khaki. Technically, however, khaki refers to either the style of trousers originally worn by British Troops in India or the color.
But the options today can be confusing.  Buying any kind of pants is always a more personal purchase than a sweater or a shirt. And many of the traditional khaki vendors have drastically cheapened the material used and reduced the consistency of fit when they outsourced to China, while constantly tweaking offerings.

Here are some suggestions to consider for those who want classic, timeless khakis, before even trying on a pair:
  1. No pleats. (Never mind how they look, they also add an immediate five pounds.)
  2. Straight leg, never boot-cut (or low-rise, obviously).
  3. Cuffed or uncuffed (with a one to a one and a half inch hem), but not a "jean hem."
  4. Not too dark. Stone is fine for women, Light Khaki, Field Khaki or Khaki is good for all. Dark Khaki or British Khaki is never good for pants (and don't even think about Olive).
  5. On-seam pockets in the front (which need to be deep enough) and two button through pockets in the back (men's and women's).
  6. Avoid cropped versions for women; they seldom look right.
  7. Always 100% cotton twill; never a thread of polyester. (Cotton canvas, following these guidelines, can qualify.)
  8. No elastic in the waist.
  9. Stay away from "wrinkle resistant" versions. They wear prematurely at the bottom of the hem.
  10. No cargo pockets.
Given that, where do you get your khakis?

Finally, one might need flannel-lined khakis. They are perfect for New England winters. And again, they are easy to find for men, but quite difficult for women.
"Where should I get khakis?" is the single most frequently asked question.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New England Agricultural Fairs

It is no surprise that the big finale of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web took place at the local agricultural fair. This time of year, the local fairs, no doubt modeled after their U.K. counterparts, provide unique opportunities for all involved.

Some love the food, or the competition, or the fund-raising, or the festivities. They are a surprisingly integral part of New England life and serve as almost a melting pot for the region, connecting people who otherwise might not see each other any other time of the year.  Here are some photos from our archives.




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Baked Pumpkins

Here is some of this week's farm share and a baking pumpkin. 
Some farm shares this week included some kaboocha pumpkins.  This pumpkin is very mild tasting and an easy to prepare addition to dinner.  Just bake and serve it the same way as the more traditional butternut squash.