Our Rich History
Beemster is proud to make part of the rich history of the Beemster polder. A beautiful region which was created centuries ago by human hands and which now is the nourishing ground for the rich grass where our cows make the best milk from Netherlands of it.
Over 400 years ago, the industrious Dutch constructed a clever system of dykes and canals that drained the sea water and created “polders” (literally meaning “reclaimed from the sea”) so they could inhabit the land. The Beemster polder was reclaimed in 1612 with the help of many windmills that pumped out unwanted water, creating lush dairy pastures where the Beemster cooperative, cheesemaking and cheese storage facility are still located. Over the centuries, carefully planned roads, towns and buildings were built, with dairy and farming as the main occupation.
Beemster from the air
From the air, the Beemster polder is a very recognizable area.
The geometric lines were quite innovative at the time of construction. The design even formed the inspiration for the street plan of the street layout of the island of Manhattan in New York!
The draining of the Beemster was a smart move, because the blue clay underneath was very fertile and farmers gave high yields. It's that rich, fertile soil where our cows still graze and where owe the best milk of the Netherlands from.
This most famous Dutch ‘Polder’ was declared UNESCO World Heritage site 1999. It is here that farmers work hard to preserve the landscape for future generations.