Where once most towns in The Netherlands held their own weekly cheese market, Gouda, Edam, and Alkmaar are among the few towns now to retain the tradition. Alkmaar’s market takes place each Friday between mid-April and mid-September on the cobbled Waagplein. It has been going strong since 1593 and the market is still run along traditional lines; originally every cheese producer had its own weighing house, known as the waag, and its own team of cheese carriers, the veem.
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