I found the bit of history she shared fascinating and think you might too. So here's a bit of nourishment for your mind:
According to Southern tradition, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day will bring good luck and prosperity in the coming year. The tradition began during the Civil War, when General William T. Sherman and his troops marched from Atlanta to Savannah, destroying everything in their wake. Everything EXCEPT the black-eyed peas.
The troops believed that cattle, not people, were the only ones who ate black-eyed peas. After the war, black-eyed peas were the main source of food in the South. The peas saved thousands from starvation and gave the South a second chance. Since New Year's Day of 1866, the peas still represent regrowth.
This month, Christy started Peas for Prosperity. A dollar from each bag of black-eyed peas sold will be donated to charities dedicated to helping people who need a second chance in life. Visit her website to read her candid and inspiring personal story.
Here I am, purchasing my bags of Peas for Prosperity. I think they'll make unique and meaningful hostess gifts. And, I hold the distinct honor of being Christy's first customer!
On a final note: black-eyed peas are nutrition all-stars! They're high in fiber and protein, and also good sources of folic acid, iron, and phytonutrients. The Peas for Prosperity website has recipes on how to incorporate black-eyed peas into your diet.