Juanita Critz, co-owner of the farm and wife of Matthew, said when people come and see how the syrup is made, they learn a lot. "It's an eye-opener to many people to see what it takes to get sap into syrup," she said. "We open the farm to show where food comes from and get people more connected with agriculture."
Chris Smith of Utica, visiting the farm with his family, said despite the cold temperatures, it was a fun time. "It's a great family weekend," he said. "I liked the sugarhouse and watching how the syrup is made."
Those interested in going to the Critz Farms Maple Syrup Celebration still have time to do so. The celebration continues from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. March 26 to 27 and April 2 to 3.
In addition to the free tours of the sugar bush and sugarhouse as well as the free sampling of fresh maple products, there will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on each day. For adults, the buffet will be $7.50, children 8 to 12 years old $5.50, ages 3 to 7 $3.50 and children under 3 year olds eat for free.
Critz Farms is located on Rt. 13 in Cazenovia. More information on the farm and various other activities can be found on their website critzfarms.com of by contacting them at 662-3355.