WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- There was plenty of hustle and bustle at the Duke Pecan Company in West Point Tuesday afternoon.
The company's ten pecan shelling machines were at full blast as local customers brought pecans to sell.
Its a tradition in West Point that started with the company back in 1938.
One man who knows a thing or two about selling them is R.L. Larry of West Point.
"I brought some pecans for him to crack," said Larry. "I have a lot of them every year. I sell them for him and he cracks them for me too," he continued.
Larry, who once played harmoinca for legendary blues singer Howlin' Wolf, was not the only one selling pecans Tuesday afternoon.
As people from across the area were cashing in on this year's crop.
T.A. Duke is one of the owners here along with his brother. He says buying and selling pecans is a family tradition.
Now pecans did come in a little bit early this year according to Duke.
"It has been an excellent year. Its a big crop this time, a big yard tree crop and its early. We get pecans from all the Southeastern states. Georgia, Alabama,South Carolina," said Duke.
Duke sells his own brand as you see here many with varying flavors and varieties.
But he says his best seller is still the basic shelled pecan sold here in a five pound bag.
Duke says he sells pecans all over the country and the world but take particular pride in buying from local growers many of whom sell right out of their yards.