I love fall.

For me, there is nothing better than changing leaves, pumpkins, and of course, apple cider. So, I thought what better way to embrace the season — and treat myself — than a visit to a local apple orchard. One September weekend, my husband and I headed to Critz Farms.

Located off Rippleton Road in Cazenovia, Critz Farms was founded in 1985. Each year, it hosts a Fall Harvest Celebration, offering activities such as wagon rides, cider making demonstrations and a corn maze. That was our first stop.

The theme of this year’s maze is “Animals of Africa,” and it features an elephant, a rhinoceros, a zebra and a lion. We found the maze to be fairly challenging, but there are maps along the way that you can consult if you get lost. You will know you have almost reached the end when you see the tower with a bell. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Next, we visited the gift shop and cider mill, where we purchased some apple cider and mini cider donuts. Both were delicious. Critz Farms is also home to Critz Farms Brewing & Cider Co – visitors can sample a variety of beers and hard ciders. My husband and I grabbed a drink — a beer/hard cider mix for me, an IPA for him — and sat outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.

It was the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, masks are required, and tickets must be purchased in advance on the farm’s website, critzfarms.com/admission.


Critz Farms
Location: 3232 Rippleton Rd, Cazenovia.
Hours: Daily from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
More information: (315) 662-3355. critzfarms.com.


Courtney Kless is the Editor in Chief of Family Times. Courtney is originally from Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. Courtney began her career as a sports journalist, then spent several years working in higher education, before joining the company in August 2019. She enjoys traveling, reading and hiking, and recently adopted a Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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