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.
The two of us, Jessica and Raphael, reported over the past two years from Alp Steistoos. This summer, we are delighted to post Alp stories from Alp Vorder Menigen. This is our eighth alp summer together in the Bernese Oberland. Our son Emil was born in August 2016, and in April 2019 our family grew to include a mini-dairymaid: welcome to the world, little Antonia! Our Border Collie Rocky is our faithful companion and co-worker. So our team for the 2019 alp summer is complete! What do we do in the winter? Since we have yet to find a “year-round alp”, we spend the time outside the summer grazing season at home in Maria Alm (Austria). We live on a farm in Stökli and work as farmhands and in a ski resort during the winter.
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.