As I sit writing this, it’s already a week late. I’ve gotten two reminders from the very patient staff at the ASCFG and yet I still am staring at a blank page. Am I out of ideas? Have I exhausted everything that I can talk about? No, not even close…sorry. Nope, I’m just sitting here in the post-August haze trying to determine what just happened to me. Because after I made it through August, I realized that I still have to get through September and maybe even October before the frost comes.

So, this is me calling it in. Me showing you that the burnout is real. More real this year than it has ever been. If you’ve been farming for a few years, or twenty, you know what I’m talking about. That point in the season where you’re stretched thinner than thin. When you can’t remember the last time you sat down to a real meal, or how many days it’s been since you talked to anyone outside of your farm crew. Right now we are living out of laundry baskets and passing like ships in the night, and accomplishing so much that it feels unreal. The days blend together in that way that they did when you were a kid and summer break seemed like it could go on forever, until that dreaded day when someone said it was over and back to school with you.

When I look back in the dead of winter, when you are likely reading this, I’ll hopefully be laughing at all the times my sharpies ended up in the dryer, and all of the sticky notes that I find everywhere. When I couldn’t remember what day or even month we were in. When I watched as friends went camping and I went back to work. I will be staring at fields of mud and cover crop, remembering all of the weeds that grew there mere months ago.

But, under that layer I’ll be fantasizing about the 2023 season, as I’m sure that you are. Taking the time to reflect and analyze what we can change, shift or cut out to be even better at this next season. So on that note, enjoy a few pictures of some of the things that I am particularly proud of from the 2022 season. Happy planning everyone!

Erin McMullen

Rain Drop Farm

Contact her at [email protected]