For over four generations, ‘Boeren Leidse met sleutels’ has been made according to traditional methods at the Van Ruiten family farm on Kagereiland, now also known as ‘De Kaagse Boer’. The farm is affiliated with the association of the 12 still existing Boeren-Leidse cheese makers and the cheese made is one of the few Dutch regional products to bear the European PDO quality mark (Protected Designation of Origin). The cheese is sold in its own farm shop, at specialised cheese traders and at special events, such as the annual 1001 taste fair in Amsterdam.
In order to develop De Kaagse Boer into a regional tourist attraction that can also tempt foreign visitors from the Keukenhof to come to Kagereiland, an extra quality boost is needed in terms of image, presentation, education and communication. In order to optimally embed the company in the larger recreational network, additional design measures are also provided, such as the construction of a small-scale parking facility, a charging point for electric bicycles, extra mooring places for passers-by and accommodation options. In this way a further growth of the family business becomes a multifunctional recreational farm.
LOCATIONKaag, Zuid-HollandCLIENTDe Kaagse BoerPERIOD2016
vision and principles inheritance
We have drawn up a number of principles for the layout of the yard that should ultimately contribute to a yard with its own identity and that should welcome visitors to the store and cheese museum. It is also about creating an attractive outdoor space for the guests of the Bed & Breakfast.
The principles are: