CLIFTON PARK: Festival spotlights area farms

The back of one of the family's doors reflects some of the lessons Syzdek said he has learned. It reads, "Remember you are loved and do what you can."

"In other words, every person can only do so much," Syzdek said. "Sometimes your best efforts will still lead to failure, but that doesn't mean that you should stop giving your best efforts."

Clifton Park resident Karen Jeffs toured several of the farms with her three children over the weekend.

"I want them to see what the city has to offer and I want them to see what farms are like and have a real life experience," Jeffs said. "They're getting outdoors when it's a nice day. They got to pick apples, so we'll go home and wrap it up and make applesauce and apple pie."

Jeffs' daughter, Morgan, 6, said that she had fun at a scavenger hunt at Riverview Orchards, in which kids tried to find a penny in a bale of hay.

"I found two, but I was only supposed to have one, and then there was free candy. It was wrapped up and it was a surprise," Morgan said. "Then we went apple picking and I ate some apples."

Town Parks and Recreation Director Myla Kramer said after a recent town board meeting that she enjoys Farm Fest with her husband, Adam.

"You go with your family, you pick applies, you pet lambs. It's a great exciting way to kick off the fall," Kramer said. "It's a good feeling of community. There aren't that many opportunities where you feel like you live in a small community.""

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