Top 9 Reasons the Ninth Month is Not My Favorite

by Anne Maxfield on September 2, 2019

Accidental Locavore Gala Apples

It’s Labor Day and I didn’t feel like laboring so please enjoy this post from a few years ago.

Those of you who know me, know September is not my favorite month and here’s why:

  1. It’s the end of summer! If it wasn’t apparent enough by the days getting shorter, back-to-school ads (yeah, ok, those start in July) and everything with “end of summer clearance”, the words “Labor Day” seemingly cannot be uttered without adding “the last weekend of the summer”. It’s really like rubbing your nose in it.
  2. Just because it’s September, doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up the grill. Even in New York, we generally grill until the food would get cold coming the short distance from the grill to the house, or we have to dig a path to the grill, (i.e. January).
  3. Therefore, I’m not ready to start braising anything! My theory: it’s not braising weather until there are no tomatoes or corn left at the farmers markets. When butternut squash is all you can find, it’s time for slow-cookers and Dutch ovens. After all, how many recipes for grilled butternut squash do you know?Accidental Locavore Moroccan Squash Soup
  4. Food I haven’t cooked. At the end of every summer, there’s always a huge list of things I wanted to try and didn’t. That’s not to say I wasn’t cooking, the blog (and my waistline) will vouch for that. It’s just that there’s so much you can do with all the great summer foods! And maybe because the gap from the last of the tomatoes to the first of the asparagus is a long one.
  5. I will park the white pants, shoes and bags, but that’s more a matter of upbringing than anything else. Wearing white after Labor Day never feels right to me, and, as we all know, if you don’t feel good, you don’t look good.
  6. When the temperature is above 80 degrees, cashmere, down, knee-high boots and everything else in the stores are nothing I want to come in contact with. Save them for the other ___ber and ___ary months. God knows they last long enough!
  7. I hate fall! There, I’ve said it. To me there is nothing intrinsically good or valuable in days getting shorter and watching things die. To the editor of Hudson Valley Magazine, you are wrong, wrong, wrong about fall being most people’s favorite season. Got it? Wrong!
  8. Even the music is depressing. See You in September, Wake me up When September Ends. September Song, September in the Rain, The September of my Years, not an upbeat tune among them!Accidental Locavore Dog and Football
  9. Football…enough said.

And what I like about September? Oh, just give me a while, I’m sure I can come up with something…



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne Maxfield September 9, 2019 at 11:14 am

It was originally posted awhile ago, that’s why the comments (except for yours) are old. I decided not to labor on Labor Day.

JoeW September 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm

Wow, the dates on the previous comments are certainly screwy, the first of which was posted roughly 7 years before you posted your entry. Have you invented a time machine?

Regardless. I don’t care much for football, either, but if it came with that dog…


joan September 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

i love it!! your superb screed doesn’t miss a beat: describes to the nth degree exactly how i feel about fall…..huge thanks.

Anne Maxfield September 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Actually, I prefer “April in Paris”…

Scott September 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

Wow. Fall is my favorite time to cook…. anyway, for music, there is Earth WInd & Fire’s “September”, which is pretty poppin’, September Gurl’s (not a Bangles fan?) but I think your favorite must be “Wake Me When September Ends”… hehe..

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