Man Arrested at Guntersville Farmer’s Market Accused of Selling Non-Local Produce

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Guntersville Police arrested a man Saturday morning for violating the city’s ordinance that says only locally grown produce can be sold at the city’s farmers market.   Police arrested Vesta Noles, 81, and charged him with criminal trespass.

Last  year the Guntersville City Council passed the ordinance to keep people from going to places like Birmingham, buying the same type produce found in grocery stores and then selling it at the farmers market as if it was locally grown.

Police say Noles has refused to tell them where his produce is grown.   Noles says it is produced locally.   However, farmers market officials have been unable to locate the two gardens Noles says the produce came from.

Police say they warned Noles earlier in the week that he would be arrested if he did not leave the farmers market.   He has bonded out of the city jail.