Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts


Jamesville, North Carolina
30871 US Highway 64
 

If you’re heading to North Carolina’s Outerbanks from points west, you have to travel down highway 64, and if you are traveling down highway 64, you have to stop at Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts. Mackey’s is more than your standard roadside tourist trap because among little knick knacks to bring Grandma home from your trip, is a slew of fresh-made tasty treats.

As I stood facing a shelf that ran floor to ceiling and the length of the store, naming all the peanut based products I felt much like Bubba from Forrest Gump. They had (taking a deep breath) peanut fudge, raw peanuts, boiled peanuts, peanut brittle, roasted peanuts, peanut butter cookies, cajun peanuts, hot peanuts, sweet peanuts, salty peanuts, fried peanuts, chocolate peanut clusters, homemade peanut butter, and a large variety of fruit preserves and barbecue sauces on the shelves.

Before we got back on the road, owner and longtime coastal resident Chris Smith, shared a little Outerbanks history about the Lost Colony and folk-lore about the Albemarle Creeper (my first thought was some guy named Stan peeping into windows). We grabbed some salt and pepper peanuts, boiled peanuts fresh from the crock pot, sweet and salty fudge, and a muscadine ice then continued our way east.

If you are not going to be traveling down highway 64 anytime soon but would like to try out some of Mackey’s treats, check out their online catalogue at shop.mfpnuts.com.

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