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Zarad taštine, ovo je najbolje ura-

diti pre nego što na pijaci probate

sir na svakom štandu. Proizvodi

se prodaju razvrstani po zrelosti.

Kategorije idu od mekih, blagih



) sireva, do tvrđih,

vidno zrelijih i znatno tamnijih

zrelih (


) sireva.

Danas sir možete kupiti

i direktno u radnjama na lo-

kalnim farmama. Sir sa farme

Kasborderej shep iz obližnjeg

Bergambahta proglašen je 2010.

za najukusniji u Holandiji. Na

obilazak farme vas može pove-

sti vodič i možete videti krave

u štalama, rotirajuću stanicu za

mužu, ali i moderna postrojenja

gde se proizvodi sir od nepaste-

rizovanog mleka, težine i do 60

kilograma, u skladu s tradicijom

sa farmi.

Na pijaci sira u Gaudi možete

posmatrati i kako bi farmeri po-

put Japa Shepa nekada prodavali

svoje proizvode, sa pljeskom

dlanovima kad se ugovori cena

i konačnim rukovanjem, kada

se kupac i prodavac dogovore.

Naravno, možete i sami sklopiti

dogovor, preko trgovaca za štan-



length the church is the longest in the

Netherlands. Once you’re finished at the

market it’s worth stepping inside to view the

church’s 72 stained glass windows, several of

which date from the 16



As Gouda grew, so too did the munici-

pality’s privileges. After the town was grant-

ed the right to weigh merchandise, including

cheeses, and levy taxes the council chose to

boost civic pride by constructing a building

that would impress. The architect Pieter Post

was commissioned to design the



, Gouda’s Weigh House, which opened

in 1668. The upper floors house a compact

Cheese and Crafts Museum, providing an

overview of the building’s long history and

the process behind making Gouda cheese.

You can also see the pollution-scarred

original sculpture, by Bartholomeus Eggers,

that once adorned the façade. It has been

replaced by a copy and depicts the scales in

use and officials entering the figures into a

ledger, so taxes could be collected.

On market days you can observe the

huge, counter-balanced wooden scales in

operation. Wheels of cheese, each weighing

up to 12.5kg, are stacked on the pallet-like bal-

ances before being loaded onto horse-drawn

carts by lads who throw and catch the wares.

If you want you can pop onto the scales to

be weighed, a figure that’s provided in pounds

(the equivalent of 500 grams and the tradi-

tional measurement). In the name of vanity

this might best undertaken before devouring

tasters of cheese at stalls around the market?

The produce is sold by gradations of maturity.

The categories range from soft, mild


(young) cheeses to firm, markedly riper and

significantly darker


(mature) cheeses.

These days you can also buy cheese di-

rectly from local farm shops. The farmhouse

style cheese from Kaasboerderij Schep, at

nearby Bergambacht, was named the tastiest

in the Netherlands in 2010. You can take

guided tours of the farm, during which you’ll

see the cows in the shed, visit their rotating

milking station and also have a chance

to step inside the modern facilities where

cheeses of up to 60kg are produced using

unpasteurised milk, the traditional charac-

teristic of farmhouse style cheeses.

At Gouda Cheese Market you can

observe how farmers such as Jaap Schep

would once have sold his produce, via slaps

of the hand as the price was negotiated

and finally a handshake, when the deal was

struck. You can, of course, also close deals of

your own via traders at the market stalls.

Nekada se sir prevozio zaprežnim kolima.


Cheese used to

be transported via horse-drawn wagon.