The Leeghwater landscape, as we now know and appreciate it, is strongly linked to its custodian, the farmer. As a result of global developments, farming in the Land of Leeghwater is under pressure. Large-scale farming and/or an extra income through other uses of the landscape are needed for a healthy agricultural business. In the old days herring fishing and whaling made for a good wage, but today ‘catching’ tourism and selling home-made products on the farm are a more viable option.
In the Land of Leeghwater, enjoying the countryside is no longer limited to just driving through it. Over the last number of years, a variety of agricultural activities have been set up. Local tourist information centres (‘VVV’) can tell you all about this. The Agrarische Natuurvereniging Waterland (Agriculture and Nature Society Waterland) provides a wide variety of package trips.
Specialities from the Land of Leeghwater:
Beemster Beer (Blonde and Triple)
Beemster apple ande pear juice
Flour from windmill The Otter
Candy from Bram en Aagie