They make some fantastic cheese in Holland; I can tell you that! It’s a primary source of income for some of the smaller villages in the Netherlands. Alkmaar is a short train ride away from Amsterdam. The weekly summer cheese market is a good 20-odd minute walk from the railway station. You can fetch a free map of the route from the vending machine outside the station.
It’s hard work running around like this for a couple of hours every Friday morning between April and early September, I’m sure.
Edam is a short bus ride away from Amsterdam. A bus leaves every few minutes from the rear end of Amsterdam Central Station (close to the ferry service). It’s a small, beautiful village. I highly recommend a handful of visits to Edam during the cheese market or even otherwise.
In the old days, the price was negotiated between the seller and his customer by slapping each other’s hand.
Edam hosts its cheese market every Wednesday morning during the summer.
Do stop by.