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

Minden Farmers Market
(308) 832-1741
5th St. Food Pride parking lot
Minden, 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
Kearney

Gothenburg Farmers Market
(308) 537-3505
Lake Avenue
Gothenburg, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 17-September 25 Thursday, 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
County
Dawson

Orleans Farmers Market
(308) 473-9992
Orleans Park
Orleans, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Friday, 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
County
Harlan

Ogallala Farmers Market
(308) 284-8345
Corner of East 3rd and A St.
Ogallala, 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.- 12:00 noon
County
Keith

Plattsmouth Farmers Market
(402) 298-8335
7th & 1st Ave., Dollar General parking lot
Plattsmouth, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-October Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Cass

Main Street Beatrice Farmers Market
(402) 223-3244
Hwy 77 between High & Ella St.
Beatrice, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-August Thursday, 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
County
Gage

Wisner Farmers Market
(402) 529-6559
Rumors parking lot; 1416 Ave E
Wisner, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
County
Cuming

Scottsbluff Farmers Market
(308) 632-6407
18th & Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-First frost Wednesday & Saturday, 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Scottsbluff

Wayne Farmers Market
(402) 375-2240
West 2nd St.
Wayne, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon

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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