Alp Vorder Menigen is located in Diemtig Valley, in the Bernese Oberland, at an altitude of 1850 m. Some 25 dairy cows and young cattle graze on this privately-owned alp. The summer grazing season lasts from around mid-June to the end of September. In June 2005, after being struck by lightning and burning down, the old hut was rebuilt. Cheese is produced using a 3001 Chessi cheesemaking machine over an open fire pit.
We, Jessica and Raphael, are writing you blog posts from the Vorder Menige alp. It’s our 10th alpine summer together in the Bernese Oberland. With us are our children Antonia and Emil, as well as our border collie Rüde Rocky, our faithful companion and colleague. When we are not on the alp our home is in Maria Alm (Austria). We live on a farm and work as farmhands, and in winter we work in the ski area.
We primarily produce Berner Alpkäse and Berner Hobelkäse AOP, but also make raclette and Mutschli cheese depending on demand. We make full-fat cheese at Vorder Menigen, that is, we do not separate the milk prior to cheese production. We make butter only for our farms, for our own consumption.
You can find information on activities in Diemtig Valley Nature Park on www.diemtigtal.ch. For example, Lake Seeberg is a popular hiking destination in the vicinity of Vorder Menigen. It lies on a plateau between Diemtig Valley and Zweisimmen.