GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Monday night the Guntersville City Council voted to allow both locally and non-locally grown produce at the city’s farmers market. The change came after controversy surrounding new rules that were put into place last year.
In 2012 the council voted to only allow locally grown produce to be sold at the market. The council felt that the public expected produce at the market to be grown locally. In reality though, the city said many of the fruits and vegetables were no different than those sold at grocery stores.
After the change was put into place, Guntersville police say one seller, Vesta Noles, refused to stop selling produce that he had purchased elsewhere. He was later arrested and has filed a lawsuit against the city.
The new rules voted on Monday night will require people who resell produce to get a business license. Those who grow their produce will not have to get a business license.