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

Omaha Farmers Market-Downtown
(402) 345-5401
11th & Jackson
Omaha, 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.- 12:30 p.m.
County
Douglas

Neligh Farmers Market
(402) 887-4271
Antelope County Courthouse
Neligh, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
County
Antelope

Main Street Downtown Farmers Market
(402) 721-2264
John C. Fremont Park, corner of 8th & Main St.
Freemont, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Thursday, 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Kearney Farmers Market
(308) 468-5444
K-mart parking lot
Gibbon, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Buffalo

Cortland Farmers Market
(402) 798-0358
4th & Main Street, 1 block west of Highway77
Cortland, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-June Saturday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Gage

Columbus Farmers Market
(402) 910-6488
Courthouse Square
Columbus, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June- Saturday, 7:30 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Platte

Rhizosphere Farm
(402) 779-3127
Waterloo, NE
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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Ravenna Farmers Market
(308) 452-3426
South Grand Avenue
Ravenna, NE
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-September Thursday, 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
County
Buffalo

Schuyler Farmers Market
(402) 986-1358
12th Street under the viaduct
Howells, 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.- 6:30 p.m.
County
Colfax

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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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