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Watauga County Democratic Party’s ‘Buy Local’ Cash Mob Movement Visits Rutherwood, Deep Gap

May 28, 2013. On Saturday, Watauga’s “Buy Local” Cash Mob movement visited the Rutherwood and Deep Gap communities. The idea behind a Cash Mob is to spend money at homegrown Watauga businesses to show support by collectively providing a strong cash infusion for the day.

photo by Lonnie Webster
photo by Lonnie Webster

The Cash Mob first visited Earthwood Farm, a recently opened organic 2-acre hobby farm in Rutherwood. The farm has numerous unique and creative outbuildings and barns crafted by the owners themselves, often with recycled materials. Mobbers bought fresh eggs, herb plants, carrots, radishes, a variety of fresh lettuces, and handmade hypertuffa pots. The children were more interested in the tractors, and the farm’s chickens, pygmy goats, and Ophelia the donkey.

Cash Mob participants lingered at the farm to walk the grounds and gardens, but eventually made their way to have lunch at Thompson’s Seafood & Country Cooking in Deep Gap. Orders were as varied as the menu, the staff was welcoming, and the hush puppies seemed to be a particular favorite.

“Everyone loves cash mobs,” said Marsha Walpole, Organizer of the Watauga County Democratic Party cash mobs. “Everyone is welcomed to participate in showing our County’s strong support for local businesses, and we always see new faces and meet new people. We have infused well over $25,000 into local businesses through this project, and we’re just getting started.”

Photographer Lonnie Webster was on hand to take photographs of the day.

Anyone can nominate a local business for a future cash mob and/or find out about upcoming cash mobs by “liking” the Facebook Page: “Buy Local: Watauga Cash Mobs”