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People Load Up on Lucky Foods for New Year's Meals

January 1, 2014

Can what's on your plate New Year's Day set you up for fortune or failure for the next 364? From greens to beans, many people made a point to bring in 2014 with food.

At Whole Foods Market in Charlottesville, there was a clear favorite for the holiday.

"A lot of black-eyed peas," said produce supervisor Adam Russell. "There's been a lot of people looking for them the last couple of days. We sold out around 5 o'clock yesterday."

Superstitious folks say the small beans bring prosperity.

But what if you didn't take a bite

"Oh, well then you were going to have bad luck," said Charlottesville resident Laura Hawkins. "You at least had to have had one spoonful so that way you were guaranteed to have a good year, prosperous year and nothing bad happen."

Cashier Qourtasia Watson says she saw plenty of black-eyed peas come down her conveyor belt as people prepared their traditional New Year's meals.

"I heard one story about money in a wallet," said Watson. "You're supposed to eat black-eyed peas and while a dollar or some kind of change is in your wallet."

Money seemed to be on the minds of many shoppers.

"Collard greens have been really popular, as well as kale," said Russell.

Some believe leafy greens that resemble cash will keep their pockets full year round.

"The superstition is that you eat both of them combined -- you can't just eat the collard greens or the black-eyed peas," said Rose Forbes who works in the prepared foods department. "The black-eyed peas represent coins and the collard greens represent paper money."

Other foods considered to bring luck -- corn bread that looks like gold, circular fruit to represent coins and of course pork and sauerkraut.

But does piling it on your plate guarantee a happy New Year?

"I'm always very optimistic, so it's always going to be a good year," said Hawkins.

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