Organic Tea Hastings NE

True teas—white, green, oolong, and black—all come from this same ancient plant and contain varying levels of caffeine, tannins, trace elements, and vitamins, as well as a diverse array of antioxidant-packed polyphenols. But the hot summer months are hardly the ideal time to curl up with a cup of hot tea—and iced tea gets old after awhile.

Hastings Farmers Market
(402) 461-8413
3rd & Denver Ave.
Hastings, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Adams

North Central Farmers Market
(402) 722-4462
Highway 20 & Harrington St. East
Johnstown, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Tuesday & Friday, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Brown

Extraordinary Farmers Market
(308) 728-3281
Ord, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-frost Friday, 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Stromsburg Farmers Market
(402) 764-8131
Downtown Square
Stromsburg, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Friday, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
County
Polk

Cheyenne County Farmers Market
(308) 254-4333
10th & Jackson Street
Sidney, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Saturday, 7:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
County
Cheyenne

Grand Island Farmers Market
(308) 382-0897
Ace Hardware
Grand Island, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Daily, 7:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Hall

Norfolk Farmers Market
(402) 565-4310
Salvation Army Parking lot
Norfolk, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
County
Madison

Alma Farmers Market
(785) 797-4635
City Auditorium on Main Street, Downtown
Alma, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
County
Harlan

West Point Farmers Market
(402) 372-2808
Eagles parking lot; 226 19th Rd
West Point, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
County
Cuming

Cozad Farmers Market
(308) 784-3930
8th & F St.
Cozad, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
County
Dawson

Think Outside the Bag

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By Bryce Edmonds

Talk about a serendipitous event: Legend has it that chance brewed the first tea when Camellia sinensis leaves blew into a pot of boiling water. It was 2737 BC, and the accidental teameister who boiled that water, Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, concluded the new brew gave “vigor of body, contentment of mind, and determination of purpose.”

True teas—white, green, oolong, and black—all come from this same ancient plant and contain varying levels of caffeine, tannins, trace elements, and vitamins, as well as a diverse array of antioxidant-packed polyphenols. But the hot summer months are hardly the ideal time to curl up with a cup of hot tea—and iced tea gets old after awhile. So we asked Heli Roy, PhD, RD, associate professor of nutrition at Louisiana State University School of Human Ecology, and Robert Wemischner, culinary educator and coauthor of Cooking With Tea (Periplus Editions, 2000), to give us creative ways to think outside the bag and still reap the health benefits of this ancient plant.

White tea
White tea leaves are actually the tender tips of the tea plant that are then quickly and lightly steamed or dried to stop the polyphenol-transforming oxidation process. As a result, white tea contains the most original polyphenol content of all tea varieties, making it a great ally in the fight against aging and disease. Studies have also found that white tea defends against staphylococcus and streptococcus infections, pneumonia, and dental caries—and researchers have begun to discover even greater health benefits for white tea versus the well-studied green variety.
Steep time: 1 to 3 minutes at 165 to 185 degrees (just as the water begins to steam)
Cooked to a tea: White tea’s delicate flavor makes it difficult to cook with, but it works well as an accompaniment to food. Drink a cup of white tea with either poached pears or ginger ice cream to enhance the flavors of both.

Green tea
Slightly more processed than white tea, green tea leaves are steamed
and/or pan-fired to stop oxidation, and then rolled and dried to remove the remaining moisture. While green tea retains fewer original polyphenols than white tea because of this extra processing, it has an abundance of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful disease-fighting polyphenol that acts as an antioxidant. In fact, according to research, this “superfood” may inhibit cancer growth, reduce cardiovascular disease and cholesterol, and help control weight.
Steep time: 2 to 3 minutes at 165 to 185 degrees (just as the water begins to steam)
Cooked to a tea: Sauté delicate seafood, such as scallops and shrimp, in a dash of olive oil and green tea. Or create a comforting Japanese-style soup of udon noodles, several mushroom varieties, tofu, and green tea.

Oolong
The leaves used for oolong-style tea are partially oxidized to a level somewhere between green and black teas, and then dried. Because of this process, the tea contains even fewer origina...

Author: Bryce Edmonds

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