Later this week, many children will be engaged in the age-old tradition of egg-coloring, egg-hiding, and egg-finding. Eggs are something we Mainers know about.

From the 1940s to the ’70s, the poultry industry was a vital part of Maine’s economy. Belfast was known as the “Broiler Capitol of the World,” and major farms in various parts of the state raised chickens for meat and/or to produce eggs.

Maine Egg Producers, Scarborough, ca. 1960

The plant shown in this photograph, state of the art when it opened in 1956, collected, processed, and packaged eggs from area poultry houses. To learn more about this plant and what is there today, click here. For a great overview of the rise and fall of Maine’s poultry industry, visit this 2010 article, “The Last of the Chicken Farmers,” from the Bangor Daily News.

This item also appears in today’s E-Connection newsletter.

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