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Central Virginians Ring in New Year with Traditional Dish

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Many people turn to a supposedly lucky food to start their New Year off right. Eating black-eyed peas the first day of the year is an old tradition that's alive and well in central Virginia.

Blue Mountain Brewery in Nelson County served a dish known as Hoppin' John Wednesday. It's a soup that contains the lucky peas along with some greens to symbolize wealth in the new year.

The brewery says it's one of the biggest sellers on New Year’s Day.

Whole Foods in Charlottesville says the tradition is so popular, the store sold out Tuesday night, and it continues Thursday as well.

Leftover Hoppin' John, eaten on January 2, is known as a Skippin' Jenny, and represents a person's ability to save.

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