Food Chain

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Cheese was once traded like currency or cattle — and in the tiny Dutch town of Alkmaar, just north of Amsterdam, it still is. Located near Edam and Gouda, where two of the Netherlands' most famous cheeses are produced, Alkmaar hosted one of the world's largest and longest-running cheese markets, starting in 1622. The commercial trade ceased 15 years ago, but the frantic buying and selling is re-enacted every Friday from April to September for more than 100,000 tourists annually. At 10 a.m. in Waag Square, in front of the historic weigh house that now incorporates the...

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