Alp Fählen on video

Nestled around the lake Fählen in the midst of the Eastern Swiss Alps and the heart of the Canton Appenzell lies the Alp Fählen operation managed by Silvia and Sepp Inauen. Filmmaker Werner Reifler made this 25 minute video that shows the transhumance tradition in one of the most famous regions of Switzerland. Click and then scroll down to watch the video.

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Getting ready for the summer

Finally the winter is gone and the Zjörien family was able to go up to their chalet on Alpe Tompey. It’s the time for cleaning, preparing everything for the summer and… grilling cervelats, the famous Swiss sausage, over an open fire. A treat for the whole family.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE:

The panel of judges has spoken! The winners of the 2017 Adopt-an-Alp-contest are (in alphabetical order): Aperitivo, Sigonas, The Cheese Lady. This was the toughest one for the panel so far. We had almost double the entries compared to the year before. And many contestants had put in enormous efforts to promote transhumance. And here are the winners’ reactions: Shelley Fay Essebaggers Lewis, The Cheeselady in Muskegon (MI). Evan Talen,…

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Protocol of an emergency

Taking good care of the animals is a high priority because only healthy cattle are able to do transhumance in the summer. But like with people animals get sometimes sick. And then extra and medical care is required. Nina Baumann is a niece to the Herger family of Alp Ruosalp. But she is also a homeopathic veterinarian, and her skills were required lately at the winter home of the Hergers…

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Caroline and Adopt-an-Alp at Mazzaro’s

The US-map gets denser and denser with Adopt-an-Alp customers. One of the new AaA-afficionados is Mazzaro’s Italian Market who participated for the first time in 2017 and has already committed for 2018. Mazzaro’s is located in St. Petersburg, Florida, close to the Tampa Bay. Since this is only a 2-hour-drive from where we live Caroline happily agreed to an Adopt-an-Alp-tasting which took place on Friday, February 17. “We got absolutely…

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