The closeness to nature and the independence are what I like so much about the farming profession. Together with my wife Vreni and our four children I take care of the land below the Etzelpass and only a few minutes away from the Way of St. James. From time to time pilgrims take a break from the steep ascent, ask for water or even pitch their tent for a night before continuing on to Einsiedeln.
Not only we, but also the many animals appreciate the view over Lake Zurich. The farm has 35 dairy cows with young cattle, 240 pigs, 18 chickens, three horses with two ponies as well as cats, rabbits and a farm dog. In addition to the main dairy business, we also sell a wide range of different schnapps. In addition to the tried and tested varieties such as kirsch, plums, träsch, herbs, plums or Williams, which go excellently with a hot coffee, we also offer liqueurs based on an old family recipe. These are for example “Alte Zwetschgen”, “Honigkräuter” or “Alter Williams”. A large part of the fruit with which the high-proof alcohol is distilled comes from our more than 80 high-stem trees.
I think it is important for consumers to see where and how their food is produced. Sometimes it seems to me that agricultural products are underestimated. This is essential food for survival. Whereas in the past people worked to feed their families, today most of the money is spent on clothes, holidays and luxury goods. I regret this development. And this is exactly why it is so important to my family and me to maintain contact with the people and to promote personal exchange between us producers and the population.
Whether they want to make a stop on the Way of St. James, enjoy the beautiful view over Lake Zurich or try our fine schnapps: You are always welcome to visit us!