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Critz Farms celebrating 30 years in business, announces plans to open farm brewery, make beer

Critz Farms is known across Central New York as a premier place to visit to get apples, pumpkins, maple cider and Christmas trees — not to mention the animals to see and pet, the playground for the kids and the food to eat — but what most people may not know is that 2015 is the 30th year of business in Cazenovia for Matt and Juanita Critz. And after 30 years in business the Critzes have no intention to slow down — they have announced that by spring 2016 they plan to start brewing their own beer and selling it under the company name of Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Company.

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Learn about healthy habits at the Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness Fair

The Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3rd at the Manlius Village Centre, 1 Arkie Albanese Drive, Manlius.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Experience fall in Central New York by visiting local farms

With fall now upon us, there are countless ways to make the most of it here in Central New York. One of the best ways to enjoy autumn is by visiting one of our many local farms, where you can buy local produce straight from our farmers, go on a hayride, or go apple picking.

Fayetteville Farmers Market expands to include monthly winter market

Will be held the second Thursday of each month at the Shoppes at Towne Center

Residents who like to shop local will get the opportunity to visit more than 20 vendors at the Fayetteville Winter Farmers Market once a month starting in November.

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Wild apples wanted for Critz Farms 'Community Cider'

The wild apple crop this year has been huge in Central New York, and it gave Matt and Juanita Critz, owners of Critz Farm and Harvest Moon Cidery in Cazenovia, an idea: Why not ask community members to bring in their wild apples and use those to make a Cazenovia “community” hard cider? Contributors could help press the apples, receive some free bottles of the finished product and even designate a local charity to receive apportion of the proceeds from bottle sales.

In the Earth: Common Reed — Native or Exotic?

I am grateful to a reader for having brought this matter to my attention. Thank you! The common reed (Phragmites australis) is widespread in our region in wet and swampy areas. I guess I had noticed that it seems particularly prevalent along highways and interstate interchanges, but I always assumed it was a native plant. If that is so, then it must be changing patterns of land use that have led to these massive monocultures across the landscape. Alternately, maybe it is actually an exotic plant imported from elsewhere that is actually a classic invasive plant.

Cazenovia Equipment to host John Deere Drive Green Demo Days

Cazenovia Equipment Co., Inc. is hosting its 2015 Drive Green Demo Days event at the dealership on Saturday, Sept. 19. This event will give area residents a chance to check out the latest utility tractors, lawn and garden tractors, loaders, implements and other equipment from John Deere.

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New York State Fair starts today: Send us your competition results

If you or someone you know has entered a competition at the state fair, send us the result — and a photo if you have one — and we will print it in the Eagle Bulletin.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State fair combines new attractions with old favorites

For many of us in Central New York, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great New York State Fair. For over a century, the fair has been a statewide tradition and fixture in our community, bringing families from all over the country to Central New York. With programs for everyone from small children to seniors, New Yorkers of any age can enjoy time spent with friends and loved ones while taking part in traditions old and new.

Editorial: Residential chickens cause big problems in a small community

Chicken is a staple in the American diet. Whether it be their meat or their eggs, there are countless ways to cook a chicken and its products. For some people, raising chickens in their yards seems like a cost-effective way to get poultry products, rather than drive to Wegmans or Tops.

Column: Here come the hops — again!

This column seems to be one about ancient knowledge. Two generations ago, everyone around Central New York knew about hops. Before long, I suspect, this will again be true.

East Syracuse looks to rid village of backyard chickens

Will hold public hearing at Aug. 3 board meeting

The village of East Syracuse municipal office has gotten multiple complaints about properties within the village that are housing chickens — and the village board is looking to do something about it.

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Fayetteville Farmers’ Market opens for the season

On Thursday, June 4, hundreds of market-goers came out to Fayetteville Town Center to see what is in store from their favorite local farms and businesses at the weekly Fayetteville Farmers’ Market.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Buy local this season to support our community

Here in Onondaga County, agriculture is a vital part of our community and a cornerstone of our economy. I’ve been working hard to support our state’s dedicated farmers and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive, but there’s more that can be done. By shopping at our local farmers markets this season, you can do your part to strengthen our economy and bring home fresh, healthy products for you and your family.

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Village and town of Manlius hold Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony

Town awarded Tree City USA status for 11th consecutive year

Representatives from the village and town of Manlius joined together last week to celebrate Arbor Day, recognize the 11th year the town of Manlius has been named a Tree City USA and show the importance of making the area a tree-friendly place to live by planting a serviceberry tree that was donated by the Manlius Lions Club.