L'Ètivaz AOP - what a beautiful imprint

Posted on June 15, 2021
Alpe Tompey
It's not even a week that the Zjörien family has moved to Alpe Tompey. But the operation is already on full speed. Florian has made the first wheels of L'Étivaz AOP. You can see the wonderful imprint. The rind is still very pale, but this will change rapidly over the next months. The production of this summer will only be available in the US next year: After a professional aging process of about 1

Production of Alpage Laui is on

Posted on June 15, 2021
Alp Laui
After several days of prepartion and the move to the meadows on Alp Laui on the famous Stoos mountain Alois "Wisel" Fassbind started the production of Alpage Laui on Saturday, June 12. This year again he is supported by one of his sons, Ruedi, who also brought his girlfriend Maya to the Alp summer. The restaurant, including the cooking, is in the hands of Wisel's wife, Bernadette. The place gets a

Arrival on Alp Imbrig

Posted on June 14, 2021
Alp Imbrig
Later than usual - as it is the case in almost all places this year - transhumance started on Alp Imbrig on Saturday, June 12. The long wait was rewarded with excellent weather as the Jordi family - young and old - arrived on the Alp after the hike from Zäziwil. The cows put on a good pace, in anticipation of the "food" they know to find up there. Even Lena, the daughter of Martin and Karin Jordi

A mouse plague on Eigen

Posted on June 14, 2021
Alp Satteleggli
It was only one week - the shortest time ever - that the Reichenbach family and their animals spent on Eigen, the "Unterstafel" of Alp Satteleggli. For more than one reason. The cold and rainy spring had delayed the departure from Gstaad. And once they arrived on Eigen, a surprise was waiting: Mice had done some damage to the building. Hence when the weather got better and the meadows on Sattelegg

Moving to the Unterstafel

Posted on June 08, 2021
Alp Botchenalp
After exciting days of anticipation the Amacher family moved their animals to the Unterstafel, the first stage of transhumance. Once arrived, the cows enjoy the first meal on the pristine meadows, the diet for the next three months.

Cleaning the dairy

Posted on May 13, 2021
Alp Braunwald
During the first week of May the Streiff family took a hike up to their Alp. The task? To clean and prepare the dairy for the summer. Summer, however, seems still to be far away. On Alp Braunwald there's still snow. "We just have to wait for the snow to melt", says Margrit Streiff. Other than that they are ready to go.

Airing and prepairing

Posted on May 14, 2021
Alp Musenalp
Later than usual - due to some recent spring snowfall - "Alplers" go up to their operation to prepare for the summer. On Thursday, Sepp and Andrea Herger went up to Musenalp. They finally could open all windows and air the chalet. Of course, there's much to do to prepare the operation for transhumance. They have to check that the water pipes are not frozen and the boiler can be filled with water.

An obnoxious winter

Posted on May 10, 2021
Alp Satteleggli
Spring had a hard time this year in the Bernese Alps. Winter stormed back twice, in March and April, and on Alp Satteleggli is still deeply covered in snow. On Easter Sunday, the Reichenbachs nevertheless went up to the chalet, and the whole family enjoyed a Fondue.

The return of the cold

Posted on May 12, 2021
Alp Site
In Switzerland we say that the weather in April is unpredictable, however, this can be true for May as well. Especially in the altitude. A week ago the meadows were blooming with the warm conditions. Then, all of a sudden, the cold weather came back. The Santschi family still serves Fondue on their terrace, but to keep the guests warm they had to get the furs and army blankets back out.

A clear winner: raw milk vs. past. milk

Posted on January 23, 2021

For us, of course, it’s nothing new. But more and more studies show that the FDA’s take of “drinking raw milk is dangerous” is completely unwarranted. Nutritionist Dr Josh Axe has an extensive article on his website encouraging people to drink raw milk due to its many health benefits. It includes the following table:

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