After years of struggling to make a profit farming his black-eyed peas, Trey Nickels decided to try something new. Now the Texas farmer has turned the dinner plate staple into vodka. See only on AP.
Next to this outdoor church at Fort Worth, Texas, where the faithful are looking for spirituality, folks are calling on a different kind of spirit. One that is strait from its roots.>> They're starchy so I thought, you know heck, lets go for it.>> We can't wait for it to launch the Marpini/g.>>You can say Trey Nichols, and his mother Deborah, found their own divine insperation.>> You know, if you don't like to eat them lets drink them. That's right, they're making vodka from black-eyed peas. Just hit me, I'm like, I can't keep doing this. It's just getting too hard putting all this input into this and getting like return and maybe get paid once a year if you don't get held out or something like that. Plagued by drought and poor crop yield, Nickels sold his stake of the family farm 400 miles west in Muleshoe, Texas Since the new year, he's raced to build a one of a kind distillery. Say my 22 foot vodka column comes up the old fire pole area right here. And he could do that because this is an old Fort Worth city fire station. Fast forward to June, and Nichols now has his distiller's license. It's got a totally different smell when it first starts up. And he'll be churning out hundreds Hundreds of gallons of vodka. After tasting preliminary batches, he's ready for mass production. Earthy, clean. And he's hoping it'll be the next big thing. This is more earthy. It reminds me of New Year's Day, when we all have the black eyed peas and cabbage for luck, of course. Nickles is keeping in the family by buying the piece from his brother who's still farming back in [UNKNOWN]. Hoping to keep a family legacy alive, a new frontier [UNKNOWN] Associated Press. Fort Worth Texas. [BLANK_AUDIO]