Critz Farms is a family owned business that was established in 1985. Recognized by the New York State Department of Economic Development as recipients of the New York State Agritourism Business of the Year Award, the farm operation centers on diversified agriculture with a family entertainment focus.
Critz Farms consists of approximately 325 acres of land, situated just 3 1/2 miles south of scenic Route 20, Cazenovia, New York, in Madison County. Most of the Critz Farms lands are now permanently protected through the New York State Farmland Protection Program so as to remain forever development free and available for agricultural purposes. The Syracuse area is less than 30 minutes from this beautiful Central New York farm. Owners Matthew and Juanita Critz live on the farm and their three adult children remain involved in the business during different times of the year.
A wide variety of crops are grown at Critz Farms. The primary crops are pumpkins, apples, and conifer trees. Tree varieties include balsam fir, fraser fir, white pine, white, blue, and Norway spruce; for use as Christmas trees as well as for landscaping purposes. Other crops include gourds, decorative corn, blueberries, and flowers. Farm products include farm fresh sweet apple cider, eight different hard cider products, New York cheddar cheese, pure maple syrup and other maple products, as well as balsam fir wreaths.
We welcome visitors to Critz Farms throughout the year. Visit www.critzfarms.com for more details.
The Harvest Moon Cidery at Critz Farms is our small farm winery specializing in making hand crafted hard ciders in small batches. Established in 2011, the Farm Winery is the culmination of years of planning and experimenting with product development. Our ciders are all made from a base of our farm fresh sweet cider, fermented with champagne yeast, then blended with either maple syrup, honey or fruit juice, to create a variety of delicious products.
We pride ourselves in using our apples from our own orchard, pressed in the
traditional style, on an antique rack and cloth press. By making our ciders in small batches, we can be sure that they are perfectly pressed, fermented, aged and blended for a delightfully delicious result! Some of our ciders are sparkling or lightly carbonated. Many are available on tap as well.
The Harvest Moon Cidery has a comfortable, beautiful tasting room where visitors can enjoy our products during a tasting or purchase by the glass. Bottles and growlers can be purchased for consumption on the farm or to take home. Come visit us soon!