Eight families spend the summer in eight chalets on Alp Steiners Hohberg, and each one operates their own little restaurant. The co-op’s Gantrischli dairy, in which the milk of the total 120 black and white cows is received and crafted into about 37,000 pounds of cheese, is located on 4,200 feet altitude. From there the meadows lead up all the way to 6,000 feet. When standing outside the dairy, overlooking the Muschgerntal (Muschgern Valley), you can see each of the chalets – although of one they only get a glimpse of the flag pole.
Muschgerntal belongs to the Fribourg canton, so it comes as no surprise that they make a beautiful Vacherin Fribourgeois AOP from the aromatic and rich summer milk. What angered the folks of Steiner’s Hohberg very badly in 2016, actually puts us into a luck spot: Because the organization of Vacherin Fribourgeois AOP – without any reasoning – shortened the production contingents of the Gantrischli and two other dairies, the co-op decided to now self-market all of its cheese. Which makes it available for us!
Besides the Vacherin Fribourgeois AOP, they also produce an Alpkäse worked in the manner of a Gruyère and a very creamy and milky Raclette.
Like in 2019, Ruedi and Marlies Moser operate on Steiners Hohberg, Fabian Tschannen is the cheesemaker, assisted by Ruedi. Farmer Christian Stucki, a member of the Alp committee, was approached by a big chain to sell all his alpage from Steiners Hohberg. However, he chose to reserve wheels for Adopt-an-Alp. That shows great support for the program.
Watch the video and enjoy the beautiful landscape