I can hardly believe it’s July. The season for pools, beaches, cookouts and vacations is in full swing. For area school kids, it’s the last hoorah since the ringing of liberty bells in July will give way to the sound of school bells in August.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, I want to take time to point out another great summer tradition that’s better than water slides, hot dogs and the license plate game on long car drives to the beach — Fredericksburg Parent & Family Magazine’s Family Favorites issue.

If you’re new to the community, here’s the Cliff’s Notes: Each July, with the help of our readers, we select the top businesses in the community to be recognized as Family Favorites. This year, we have 54 categories and over 240 businesses listed. What this means for our readers new and old is that you have within your hands a directory of trustworthy establishments to turn to when needs (or wants) arise. Everything from home improvement and real estate to doctors, dentists and restaurants you’ll find in here.

What I love about the Family Favorites issue is the excitement and buzz surrounding it. Our winners take the grand stand and the runners-ups also get recognized. I love that we do it this way because it allows our readers see more of the best available options the region has to offer. It’s also a testimony to the strength and variety of businesses, services, and dining options offered right here in the Greater Fredericksburg area.

Whether you save the entire issue, or clip out the Family Favorites section, let it serve you as a directory to flip to when you need a family-friendly and dependable business vetted by your peers.

Finally, I want to congratulate our winners on their commitment to service and community. Fredericksburg is lucky to have you.

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The Table at St. George’s

The Table at St. George’s is a market-style food pantry serving the extended local community. Visitors are invited to select their own items from a variety of fresh food, including locally grown produce. The Table’s mission is to encourage healthy eating, build relationships with those in need, and blur the lines between those serving and those being served.