While talking a stroll in Norway, Maine's downtown doing some local shopping, you can pick your own vegetables on the sidewalk for free thanks to Edible Main Street, a new program in its second year. 

Peas, leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are just a few of the things you'll find during the growing season in the 16 planters along the sidewalks of Norway. According to The Center for an Ecology Based Economy (CEBE), the planters were provided through a grant from the Stephen’s Community Healthcare Foundation last year.


When I drove down Main Street this week, it appeared the planters were in transition from summer crops to fall.

Downtown Norway has seen a resurgence in the last decade or so. Once the shopping community in the Oxford Hills, with stores like J.J. Newberry, L.F. Pike and Sons clothing, Western Auto and Sweat's Shoe Shop, it saw a decline in the late 80's and early 90's.

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Since then the old Opera House building has begun renovations as have many other buildings along Main Street with unique local shops and boutiques moving in to turn it into a busy Main Street once again.

The Edible Main Street Project is just another way to make downtown Norway a unique experience.