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Traditional food for good luck in the New Year

New Year’s Day means a specific menu for many in the South. After the year that was 2020, they...
New Year’s Day means a specific menu for many in the South. After the year that was 2020, they might be grabbing a second helping to get 2021 off to a good start.(WTOC)
Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 6:40 PM EST
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STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - New Year’s Day means a specific menu for many in the South. After the year that was 2020, they might be grabbing a second helping to get 2021 off to a good start.

Whether you’re superstitious, or just a little “sticious”, those traditional good luck foods on New Years just sound more appealing as we say hello to 2021 and goodbye to 2020.

Crews at Fordham’s Farmhouse prepared early for what may be a big New Year’s Day crowd. Many customers have been checking on the menu for a month or so.

“Everybody always wants to know if we’re going to have the traditional stuff on New Years - the black eyed peas, the greens, which we always do,” said owner Allen Fordham.

According to tradition, eating turnip greens on January 1 helps bring you cash, black eyed peas - coins. Pork chops, rice and other Southern staples bring health and prosperity. That couldn’t come at a better time.

Fordham’s struggled this year between outdoor dining and takeout, and closing temporarily.

“It’s been a challenge in so many ways, I can’t begin to explain it to ya.”

He figures even more people than usual will embrace the food tradition this year, doing everything they can for a better year, whether it really works or not.

“We’re assuring them we’ll have ‘em because I think they’re coming to fill up on it.”

“And have seconds”

“Yeah, I’m telling you some people, all they’re going to eat is peas and greens.”

Allen says he’s not sure there’s any real benefit to them, but there’s nothing bad about good foods.

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