We’re bringing you Ruosalp Alpkäse cheese as part of the Adopt and Alp effort. Each year since 2015, Zingerman’s Delicatessen has helped support the family farmers and cheesemakers in the Alps of Switzerland through our Adopt An Alp effort. We import different Alpage cheeses–each with a special story about the lifestyle, traditions, people and animals who seasonally move around the Alps to make these incredible cheeses. We invite you to learn, buy, and enjoy these cheeses with us!
Transhumance is a tradition of people and animals moving in accordance with the seasons. It originated over 8,000 years ago and is how these Alpage cheeses are made. Dairy farmers in Switzerland move their family and cows from the valley to the higher meadows during the summer season to escape the heat and produce these cheeses.
The cheese begin to arrive at the Deli in the fall and we usually have enough to get us through the holidays. We enjoy these cheeses on a cheeseboard, in a fondue, or just for snacking. For more information about the Adopt and Alp effort to connect American cheesemongers and consumers with Alpage cheeses, visit their website or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.
photo credits Adopt an Alp