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Farmer argues with police for spot at farmer's market

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An 81-year-old man argues with police over whether or not he can keep his spot at the farmer's market. An 81-year-old man argues with police over whether or not he can keep his spot at the farmer's market.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

This year Guntersville is getting tough on its locally grown policy.

There was a confrontation Thursday morning between police and a farmer.

They kicked him out for not having local produce, but the man refused to leave.

He said he does grow the produce, but he won't say where his farm is.

"Well, they're not going to get it Saturday.  They'll carry me to jail before they get it," said farmer Vesta Noles.

Since Tuesday, Noles has been protecting his spot at the Guntersville farmer's market.

Market officials informed him Tuesday they were enforcing the ordinance which requires showing them the garden to prove produce is locally grown.

Noles said he has one in Marshall County and one in Blount, but authorities said they tried three times to see it.

"We hit dead end roads.  We hit dirt roads, and none of those were on his directions," said Grover Williams, manager at the farmer's market.

"I said, 'Well, I can't help that.' I said, 'I told you where it was at,'" Noles said.

So on Tuesday, authorities informed Noles he was to vacate and informed him again on Thursday.

Noles said he was told if he's there Saturday, he would be arrested.

"They'll make that determination and officers will do what they have to do, and if it's take him to jail, I guess it's take him to jail," said Williams.

But Noles said he'll have family out helping him guard his spot.

"If they try to handcuff me and carry me to jail, they're going to have something besides just taking me," he said.

The 81-year-old Noles said this could all be avoided if the city would just allow him to sell his produce or give him back his $90.

Williams said the ordinance states the rent is non-refundable.

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