Adopt-an-Alp on “Planet Cheese”

Posted on October 28, 2020

Janet Fletcher, a columnist for the San Franciso Chronicle, is a long time friend of Quality Cheese and was one of the first writers that introduced a cheese from our portfolio, the Hoch Ybrig, to her readers over 20 years ago. She also has her weekly cheese blog, “Planet Cheese”, for many years now. In the latest issue, she elaborates on the Adopt-an-Alp program. Read it here Janet Fletcher

Praise from peers for Adopt-an-Alp

Posted on October 19, 2020

The first Adopt-an-Alp cheeses are in the stores now – and already they have had an impact. Although we were always sure about their quality, it nevertheless is exciting to hear and get so much praise from our peers. Here we go: And a phone call from Ken Skovron at Darien’s Fine Cheese: “They are all so beautiful. It was such a joy to see and taste them all. They…

A strenuous cheese transport

Posted on October 13, 2020
Alp Fählen

On Alp Fählen the Alpsummer ended on August 28, but Silvia and Sepp Inauen had to go back later. Not just to make the chalet secure for the winter. They needed to get the cheeses to their new cellar in Gontenbad. That’s easier said than done. Because there is no road access to Fählen. They called upon their workhorse to do the toughest task of the season: 700 kg (over…

Cutting wood

Posted on October 12, 2020
Alp Steiners Hohberg

Winter has reached Alp Steiners Hohberg in the Gantrisch region. The animals are long gone. But there’s still work to do besides cleaning up: One of the last tasks is to cut wood for next year. Snow covers the Gantrisch meadows. Cutting wood, lots of.

Fondue and Raclette

Posted on October 10, 2020
Alp Arnischwand

Transhumance has ended, you’re back in the home in the valley, the first snow has fallen – so what do you do? You use your Alpkäse, of course, and cook fondue and raclette – as the Müller family does here with their cheese from Alp Arnischwand.

A cheese plate to die for

Posted on October 09, 2020

Just right before the weekend, a shipment from our portfolio including Alpkäse arrived in Fort Myers, the home of Quality Cheese. Without any further delay we put a tasting plate together: Alpage L’Etivaz 2019, Alpage Laui 2019, Petit Vaccarinus, Swiss Abbey Wrestler, and the Moser Premium “Screamer”. Together with our homemade bread, it was a moment to die for. The cast from left: L’Etivaz, Laui, Petit Vaccarinus, Abbey Swiss Wrestler,…

The end of the “Alpsummer”

Posted on October 05, 2020

Transhumance had begun very early in 2020, and the “Alpsummer” ended early: During the last week of September, the last operations moved their animals back to where they spend the rest of the year. It had been a very warm summer, which with climate change has become more or less the rule. But the first snow was also very early, and some places got plenty of it in September. In…

“Alpabfahrt” Jänzimatt

Posted on September 28, 2020
Alp Jänzimatt

On September 24 the Riebli family moved their animals from Alp Jänzimatt back to their winter home in Giswil. You can say it was perfect timing: The next day Jänzimatt got the first snow of the year. Whereas the animals are back in the valley the Rieblis still had to finish up the season: That means cleaning, getting the fences down, and prepare the chalet for the winter. Decorated and…

The restaurant stays open

Posted on September 21, 2020
Alp Arnischwand

On Alp Arnischwand as well transhumance has ended, the animals made their hike back to the valley this week. No complaints however, it has been a very good summer. The only downside was an accident: cheesemaker Urs Müller tore two ligaments in his shoulder and had to undergo surgery. Of course, not everything is done on Arnischwand. The little restaurant will stay open until October 11. And the clean-up, bringing…

Alpabfahrt on Nünenen

Posted on September 19, 2020
Alp Nünenen

On Friday, September 18, ended this year’s transhumance on Alp Nünenen in the Gurnigel area. The Gross family and the animals moved to their winter home. The mobile dairy will be moved as well, but not yet to the village of Heitenried, where the family lives: It will first be transported to the town of Burgdorf for a pop-up during the month of October just in front of a community…

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