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A Gardening Question about 'Cornfield Peas' and availability here

Barbara Armitage writes: 'I had a customer this morning at FM2 that asked a question about peas. She did not leave her name or phone number so I'm hoping that she will read this on CM.' Wikipedia calls them Black-eyed Peas (Despite the heinous sin, the Black-eyed Pea entry is fascinating reading) ; Barbara says that is Yankee, and insists they are Black Eye Peas. Much as we at CM hate to to admit our Wikipedian use of the term is wrong, the highest authorities, on this subject proves her right. Whatever you call them this Southern Pea is a symbolic, healthy, ecological, and, above all, delicious staple in may parts of the world - far beyond its West African origin
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By Barbara Armitage

To my Farmer's Market on the Square Customer,

While I take pride in my knowledge of "Southern Peas" and all their regional names I admit that I had not heard the term Cornfield Pea".

With the help of my dear friend Google and my very southern garden I have answers to both your questions.



First a Cornfield Pea is another name for a Black Eye Pea. Yes, that is the correct spelling - it is not a Blackeyed Pea as misspelled in Wikipedia. (I have my suspicions that Wikipedia is written by persons of the northern persuasion.)

And to your second question the answer is "yes," I will have them for sale later in the season at the Tucker's Station Farms booth at the Farmer's Market on the Square.

Black Eye Peas, Cornfield Peas, Cow Peas, or Field Peas are all the same pea. They are also commonly confused with a Purple Hull Pea, a Pink Eye Purple Hull or a Goat's Eye Bean. These peas are all heat loving plants and Mother Nature hasn't been very cooperative this season. I will have some coming in early to mid August. You can be sure that I will have them at the Farmer's Market on the Square as soon as possible.

A note to all the other Southern transplants in the area - You are welcome to come visit me (not Barbara's husband; he doesn't know a Chick pea from a Crowder) at the Tucker's Station Farms booth at FM2 and we'll shell a few.

A fellow "Pea Connoisseur" Tucker's Station Farms


This story was posted on 2014-06-08 04:06:32
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Highest (almost) authorities prove CM author right



2014-06-08 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Both Luck's & Bush's say it. We believe it. That settles it. Barbara Armitage, not Wikipedia is right on the major issue: Are they 'Blackeye Peas' or 'Black-eyed Peas." The only higher authority we can think of is what is written on a restaurant menu at a Texas Dairy Queen on New Year's day. - CM
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