Indulging in Cheese Samples at a Dutch Cheese FarmHeather Tucker, Monday, July 1, 2013
We had been on the road for about an hour when on our left hand side a large farm came into view with the words ‘cheese’ and ‘clogs’ crafted into the roof. “I think that might be it”, I announced to my friend who was sitting in the passenger seat.
If the rooftop advertisement wasn’t enough of a hint then the plastic cow, gigantic yellow wooden shoe and the girl figurine holding a wheel of cheese was. We missed the turning for the parking and found ourselves face to face with a small group of dairy cows. They looked on in amusement as we turned around, dodged chickens, parked the car and walked past a pig to the entrance of the cheese farm.
We had arrived when the shop was almost empty but that didn’t stop the staff, dressed in traditional costumes, from greeting us and uncovering all the cheese samples for us to try.
The flavour combinations ranged from the more common flavours (e.g. smoked cheese and cheese with garden herbs) to the slightly more unique (e.g. piri-piri and smoked cheese with ham). As we nibbled and compared flavours, we worked hard to narrow down the selection to the ones we would buy. We were also invited into the cheese making room, which we readily accepted.
The cheese had already been made for the day so there wasn’t too much to see but the steps and differences between the different types of cheese were explained to us and we had plenty of time for asking questions. We also learned how the cheese farm only makes cheese when they need it rather than making loads and then having it go off, resulting in it being thrown away.
As a large coach filled with tourists rolled past the window, the lady invited us to stay for the clog making demonstration that would be taking place in about five minutes. We quickly grabbed our cheese selection and headed to the register to avoid the rush and then headed into the middle room to get a good seat for the demonstration.
If you have never seen wooden shoes being made the old fashioned way then it is well worth seeing. The process was much shorter than we expected and rather impressive. In fact, it was so impressive that it almost changed my mind about buying a pair. Afterwards we gathered our purchases and headed back out to the car but not before taking a photo in the large wooden shoe. We just couldn’t resist.