black-eyed peas on new years

Published 12/31 2013 06:20PM

Updated 12/31 2013 06:37PM

People across the ArkLaTex will cook the legumes along with collard greens to bring in 2014.

Bonnie Cannon grabbed a bag at Cotten's Grocery off of Lakeshore Drive, to continue the annual tradition in her family.

"I got my grandson with me, he said, ‘granny, why are we going to get peas?’” says Cannon. “And I said, ‘to bring in the new year.’" 

Many people believe the peas bring good luck, and the greens represent money.

"Well, that's the tradition they always say, you know,” says Jackie Williams. “You cook black-eyed peas and stuff like that, that'll give you good luck. So, this time of day we need some good luck, because it's a lot going on."

Stores are sure order the peas weeks in advance for the rush of customers.

"All the dry stuff we pre-order them at least two weeks in advance, because we had some bad experiences in he back where the warehouse run out short, so they cut us short," says Akram Salamah, Owner of Cotten’s Grocery.

“At County Market, workers had to replinish their stock several times throughout the day.

Judy Parker says her family adds on other dishes with the meal.

"Sweet potato pie, pecan pie, barbeque baked beans," says Parker.

"We've been doing the traditional dish every since I can remember,” says Rickey Coleman. “Going on about 50-something years."

An old expression also goes along with the meal: "Eat poor on New Year's, and eat fat the rest of the year." 

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