A peas-ful New Year’s Day

Jenks Hobson gets ready to eat a helping of black-eyed peas served by Brenda and Peter MacMurray.Carl Zitzmann
Jenks Hobson gets ready to eat a helping of black-eyed peas served by Brenda and Peter MacMurray.

Customer (and Rappahannock News 2014 Citizen of the Year) Jennings W. Hobson, left, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, gets ready to enjoy his serving of black-eyed peas made by Laurel Mills Store owners Brenda and Peter MacMurray, who took over the historic store last year — and happily continued the store’s 26-year tradition of an annual New Year’s Day Black Eyed Peas Fest, which filled the parking lot last Thursday (with warmly dressed black-eyed peas fans, that is). With the secret recipe handed down by Mary Frances Fannon — who owned and operated the store with husband Bill for more than a quarter-century — the MacMurrays cooked up and served some 60 pounds of black eyed peas.

Laurel Mills Store owner Peter MacMurray.Carl Zitzmann
Laurel Mills Store owner Peter MacMurray.
The crowd in the parking lot at Laurel Mills store on New Year's Day. Carl Zitzmann
The crowd in the parking lot at Laurel Mills store on New Year’s Day.
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