A+ Family September 2017

Fresher, Cheaper, Tastier

The nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables hardly need explaining. These health staples, though, can put a dent in your wallet if you’re not making the right choices at the market. One way to feed your family healthy and delicious produce on the cheap is to eat seasonally. Not only will this save you money, but you will also vary your diet, support local farms, and put the freshest foods on your table. Ever wonder why tomatoes cost so much more in December than in July? The answer is simple: shipping distance. Transporting produce long distances is expensive because it needs to be protected and temperature- controlled. Eating seasonally means you’ll save a ton on fruits and veggies. Even better is to cut out the middleman entirely and buy directly from a supplier. In his exceptional cookbook “Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables,” Joshua McFadden writes, “The best way to eat with the seasons is to frequent and support local farms, markets, and grocery stores that are doing good things.” The USDA website (ams.usda.gov) has a directory of markets that you can search for by ZIP code. Learning what’s in season at a given time might seem like a daunting task, but there are plenty of tools to help you. You can ask what’s in peak season at the market and what to look forward to in the coming weeks. Apps like Farmstand will also let you know the freshest crops in your area and alert you to deals on produce. Getting the nutritional benefits and great taste of fresh produce doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. Eat seasonally and locally, and the savings will pile up.

The Benefits of Seasonal Eating

Employee Spotlight: Elizabeth What She’s Seen in 40 Years of Dentistry

In the last 40 years, DNA sequencing, the internet, alternative energy, and cellular phones have made the world a different place. Likewise, since Elizabeth started in her first dental office four decades ago, a lot has changed about dentistry. But one thing hasn’t changed: her passion for patient care.

office, I’m grateful when I can get them in to see our dentists here, who are simply the best.”

Liz has worked in several offices over the years in a variety of roles, mostly pertaining to patient care and scheduling. When she first started as a dental assistant, they didn’t even wear gloves. “I’m surprised I’m still alive!” she says. After a decades-long journey, we’re grateful Liz found a home here. “Sometimes, when you walk into a dentist’s office, it can feel very clinical and cold,” she says. “Here, it feels more like a family. It’s a very comfortable feeling. When I feel good about bringing my grandchildren in, you know it’s a good place to be.” Elizabeth’s grandchildren take up most of her spare time. She lives with her oldest daughter, and when she isn’t at work, she dedicates herself to cheerleading her grandkids as they participate in karate, Girl Scouts, and other after-school programs. She also loves listening to music and reading while cuddling up with her treasured cat, Bella.

Elizabeth, or Liz, has been with A+ Family Dentistry for almost five years as our scheduler. When we ask her how it’s been, she flatters us. “It’s the greatest

job I’ve ever had,” she says. “The doctors we have are perfectionists who do everything they can to make our patients comfortable and treat them with compassion.” Since her first job, Elizabeth has always found satisfaction in helping patients. “I love getting to know people,” she says. “Oftentimes, the people who call us are in serious pain and desperate for relief. As someone in the front

If you call the office to make an appointment, chances are the person who answers on the other end is Elizabeth.

“Get me on the phone,” she says. “I’m here to help!”

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