Dakin's Split Pea Soup

Wash and drain peas. Put all the ingredients except ham pieces in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 2-3 hours. Add the diced ham the last half hour. The soup will thicken if left overnight. Variation: add noodles last 20 minutes of cooking. Great served with Johnny Cake or Vermont Cornbread.