Beemster cheeses come from the quiet, canal lined pastures of the Beemster Polder in the Netherlands. This most famous Dutch ‘Polder’ was declared UNESCO World Heritage site 1999. It is here that farmers work hard to preserve the landscape for future generations.
The Famous Beemster Polder
Polder Aesthetics Lines extending into the distance, wide expanses and an uncluttered horizon are typical of the polder landscape of The Netherlands. These aesthetic qualities sprang from an ever-changing balance between developments in water management and agriculture.
The History of cheesemaking in North-Holland and the development of the. The province of North Holland that surrounds the Beemster polder once was a very uninhabitable region full of marshes and bogs. When the first inhabitants started to drain these marshes, about 1000 years ago they could not use the soil for growing crops because it was far too wet.
Usually at this location history is recreated with the re-enactment of the cheese markets; however, today Beemster was creating the history. At noon today a horse drawn wagon came into the historic cheese market carrying a cheese created July 7th, 2006.