For the last 400 years, they have bought and sold cheese here in the main market square. Given that I saw no Safeway rep, I'm thinking it's a dying art, and in fact, mostly they do the traditional 400 year old cheese trading thing for the tourists. Fine with me. I like cheese, and it was fun to watch, at least for the first hour or so.
The morning starts by laying out wheel upon wheel of Gouda in the square.
|Cheese lined up in front of the church/cheese market hall|
|There's a lot of cheese here|
|Each wheel weighs 15-30 kg|
A very eccentric set of stuff happens, including regulatory officials checking the quality of the cheese.
|Inspecting the goods|
|A demonstration of the sampling technique|
|Runners of the Yellow team.|
|Runners of the Blue and Green Teams. Don't ask me why the Green guys are carrying a Red sled|
|Red dudes, red sled|
...but I don't think that helps.
They haul the cheese to the weigh house...
|16 wheels per weigh in|
|You would think something new would work better|
|Waiting for the grand opening|
|Clear to pass|
|Leaning to the right|
|A kerk. Probably an Olde Kerk|
But it has a real windmill. I'm not sure it's still used for what it was when it was built, but it's pretty nice nonetheless.
Did I mention it was original?
|Older than me, which is saying something|
By the way, the do give out samples of the cheese, and it's just outstanding stuff.