The Cheesefarm "Catharina Hoeve" is a replica of an original Oost-Zaanland farm.
What to buy: In the cheese farm every day different types of Dutch cheese are made..You can buy also different kind of souvenirs....but cheese is the best
What to pay: Expensive for my poor italian wallet
Mill the Huisman: Zaanse Mustard
The mill produces the original Zaanse Mustard which you can buy in a tiny little shop in the mill. Well, actually the shop is so tiny that you'll be outside the mill and just tell them which mustard you want and how many jars....
Catharina Hoeve: Cheese, cheese and more cheese
Here they have all kinds of cheeses. In small that is. Of course the ´normal´ Gouda cheese in a nice small round form. But also cheese with herbs or smoky cheese.. We had a good time tasting it all and then deciding which ones we wanted..
Apart from cheese they do sell sandwiches )with cheese of course), old ducth sweets and some other niceties..
They also ship cheese all over the world.
What to buy: uuhhh.. let me think.. Cheese maybe?
klompenmakerij De Zaanse Schans: buy wooden shoes
What to buy: If you want to buy wooden shoes for yourself it may be usefull to know what size you need. In wooden shoes you wear thick wool socks, and then you need one cm space behind your heel. This is to prevent friction, and blisters as a result of that.
You can buy wooden shoes at the clogmaker, Kraaienest 4
What to pay: It is a tourist attraction therefor it is more expensive than in regular stores. Wooden shoes can also be bought in shops that specialise in gardening all over the country.
Catharina Hoeve: taste before buying
The cheese farm the Catharina Hoeve is where you can see how cheese is made, but also buy some great varieties of cheese. All cheeses they sell you can taste first.
So do have a taste and than choose which one to buy. In this case it is a good idea to buy here, because every cheesemaker has its own flavors.
Cheese Farm De Catherinahoeve: Dutch cheese
The first thing that greets you is the shelves of cheese when you enter the farm. You can also see the cheese making equipment behind these shelves. Though I don't take cheese in Paris, I was game enough to try the cheese here. All the cheese should be available for tasting, if not, you can request from the shop assistant. They turned out to be quite nice.
What to buy: Their most popular Herbs & Garlic cheese is indeed the best that I tried from the available selection.
What to pay: It costs around 6€ each.
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Clog shop: Clogs galore
Not only can you see clogs being made here with the frequent demonstrations but there are thousands of sizes and colours too all displayed along every spare wall and across the ceiling.
What to buy: Clogs