Jucker Farm is a Swiss agrotourism company and agriculture producer and distributor, that operates three farm estates including restaurants and three farm shops. Based in Seegräben in the canton of Zürich, Jucker Farm is known for the agricultural events, among them the biggest pumpkin festival in Switzerland, Jucker Farm is the most important pumpkin producer distributor in Switzerland. Basing on the Jucker family's tradition to operate their farm in Seegräben on Pfäffikersee shore and their mother's small estate in Rafz, the brothers Beat Jucker and Martin Jucker established in 2000 the Farmart AG, renamed in 2013 as Jucker Farm AG; as of November 2014, the company owns three farms, including affiliated companies and Jucker Farmart Expo GmbH that organizes, among others in the Europapark Rust, pumpkin events in southern Germany. Jucker Farm employs around 150 employees in its operations, i.e. in the three farms and associated farm shops, two restaurants, that have, depending on weather, between 100 and 8,000 visitors daily.
Among the common agricultural products and the apple orchards, the pumpkin farming is remarkable. The former Jucker Farmart marketed in 2000 the pumpkin products of about a hundred Swiss farmers: "We are not the only farm selling such products, but we are of the size and nature to but unique in Switzerland," said Beat Jucker in an interview, estimated that their products have between 30 and 50 percent of the total domestic volume account in Switzerland. Around 300 different varieties of pumpkin, of which about 20 main sorts, are distributed; the farms sell in the farm shops books about this plant, Halloween pumpkin cut sets and offer the organization of pumpkin markets and exhibitions. Jucker Farm therefore claims to be most important producer of pumpkins from organic farming in Switzerland; the so-called experience farmyards provided by the Jucker family in Seegräben on Pfäffikersee and in Jona on Obersee lakeshore are nationally known day-trip destinations. In addition to the farm shops and catering, there are for children a nature playground, a goat enclosure, seasonal self picking of fruits and an apple orchard with labyrinth and mazes.
Nationally known are the family annual major events, including Switzerland's most important pumpkin festival from September to November: On 5 October 2014, a new international record was established by a pumpkin weighing 953.5 kilograms, at least for some days, but being still the biggest pumpkin in Switzerland. The "HofChuchi" restaurant in Seegräben is opened 365 days a year; the menu features a wide choice of seasonal and regional products cultivated by their own and includes agricultural procuts of other local providers, as well as breakfast and dinner, the latter in winter only during limited opening times. The two restaurants in Seegräben and Jona offer a catering company for corporate events and private events; the three farm shops are operated by the farms: Juckerhof in Seegräben, Bächlihof in Jona and Spargelhof in Rafz. The shops are open 365 days a year and offer the agricultural products grown in the region and specialities produced by other local agricultural producers. An adjoint farm's bakery at Seegräben was established in May 2015.
Jucker Farm is partner of the webshop farmy.ch, awarded by the Swiss E-Commerce Award in June 2015. In order to force the public transportation and to avoid massive individual traffic, a shuttle-bus operates during peak season between the railway station Aathal, provided by the S-Bahn Zürich S14 line and the Juckerhof farm in Seegräben. Bächlihof in Jona is connected by the local bus 991 heading to Rapperswil railway station. 2012: Best of Swiss Gastro Awards - Activity 2013: Tourismuspreis Schweiz 2013 - Herausragendes Projekt, 1. Preis 2014: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year - «Family Business» 2015: Swiss E-Commerce Award for the webstore farmy.ch. Jucker Farm was nominated by Ernst & Young for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year «Services/Trade» awards, awarded on 24 October 2014 as Entrepreneur of the Year. Started in 1998, the EY award nomination is distinguished for the personality of the entrepreneur, their creative power and entrepreneurial success; the Jucker brothers were are convincing of innovative and engagement.
Canton of Zürich
The canton of Zürich is a Swiss canton in the northeastern part of the country. With a population of 1,504,346, it is the most populated canton in the country.. Its capital is the city of Zürich; the official language is German. The local Swiss German dialect, called Züritüütsch, is spoken. In English the name of the canton and its capital is written without an umlaut; the Prehistoric pile dwellings around Zürichsee comprises 11 of total 56 Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps in Switzerland, that are located around Zürichsee in the cantons of Schwyz, St. Gallen and Zürich. Located on Zürichsee lakeshore, there are Freienbach–Hurden Rosshorn, Freienbach–Hurden Seefeld, Rapperswil-Jona/Hombrechtikon–Feldbach, Rapperswil-Jona–Technikum, Erlenbach–Winkel, Meilen–Rorenhaab, Wädenswil–Vorder Au, Zürich–Enge Alpenquai, Grosser Hafner and Kleiner Hafner; because the lake has grown in size over time, the original piles are now around 4 metres to 7 metres under the water level of 406 metres. On the small area of about 40 square kilometres around Zürichsee, there the settlements Greifensee–Storen/Wildsberg on Greifensee and Wetzikon–Robenhausen on Pfäffikersee lakeshore.
As well as being part of the 56 Swiss sites of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, each of these 11 prehistoric pile dwellings is listed as a Class object in the Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance. Zurihgauuia was a subdivision of Turgowe in the Duchy of Alamannia, consisting of the territory between Reuss and Töss. From the 740s, substantial portions of Zürichgau were owned by the Abbey of St. Gall. In c. 760, an administrative re-organisation under counts Ruthard and Warin exempted the castle town of Zürich from comital rule. A county of Zürichgau was established under Louis the Pious, for a count Ruadker, in 820. Zürichgau remained a nominally separate territory in the 9th century but was ruled by the same count as Thurgau. In 915, Zürichgau together with Thurgau fell to the Bucharding dukes of Swabia. In the late 10th century, the county of Zürich was ruled by the Nellenburger, during 1077–1172 by the Lenzburger. By the 13th century, Zürichgau was divided between the Habsburgs and the Kyburger, who held the territory west and east of Lake Zürich, respectively.
The territory of the canton of Zürich corresponds to the lands acquired by the city of Zürich after it became reichsfrei in 1218. Zürich pursued a policy of aggressive territorial expansion during the century following the revolution of the guilds in 1336. Zürich joined the Swiss Confederacy in 1351. Zürich lost the Toggenburg in the Old Zürich War of the 1440s; the northern parts up to the river Rhine came to the canton after the city of Zürich purchased Winterthur from the Habsburgs in 1468. In 1651, Zürich purchased Rafzerfeld from the counts of Sulz. At this point all of the territory of the modern canton was owned by Zürich. In the 18th century, the "inner bailiwicks" were under direct administration of city officials, while the "outer bailiwicks" were ruled by the reeves of Kyburg, Grüningen, Eglisau, Andelfingen, Wädenswil, Knonau; the city of Winterthur retained far-reaching autonomy. Zürichgau, the name of the medieval pagus, was in use for the territories of the city of Zürich during the 15th and 16th century.
Under the short-lived Helvetic Republic, the canton of Zürich became a purely administrative division. In 1803, some former possessions of Zürich to the west gained independence as part of the Canton of Aargau. In 1804 the Kantonspolizei Zürich was established as Landjäger-Corps des Kantons Zürich. A cantonal constitution was replaced in 1831 by a radical-liberal constitution; the Züriputsch, an armed uprising of the conservative rural population against the radical-liberal order, led to the dissolution of the cantonal government, a provisional conservative government was installed by colonel Paul Carl Eduard Ziegler. Under the threat of intervention of the other radical-liberal cantons of the Confederacy, the provisional government declared that the 1831 constitution would remain in effect. In a tumultuous session on 9 September 1839, the cantonal parliament declared its dissolution In the so-called Septemberregime, the newly elected cantonal government replaced all cantonal officials with conservatives, but it was again ousted by a radical-liberal election victory in 1844.
Alfred Escher was a member of the new cantonal parliament of 1844. The radical-liberal era of 1844–1868 was dominated by the so-called System Escher, a network of liberal politicians and industrialists built by Alfred Escher. Escher governed the canton in monarchical fashion, was popularly dubbed Alfred I. or Tsar of All Zürich. Escher controlled all cantonal institutions, at first with little political opposition, expunging all trace of the conservative takeover of 1839. Under Escher, the city of Zürich rose to the status of economic and financial center it still retains. Opposition against the dominance of Sytstem Escher increased after 1863. Th
Irgenhausen is a village of the municipality of Pfäffikon in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland. Irgenhausen is located in the district of Pfäffikon in the Zürcher Oberland on the eastern shore of the Pfäffikersee. Irgenhausen belongs politically to the municipality of Pfäffikon. In Roman era, along Pfäffikersee there was a Roman road from the vicus Centum Prata on Obersee–Lake Zürich via Vitudurum to Tasgetium to the Rhine. To secure this important transport route, the Irgenhausen Castrum was built; the native name of the fort is unknown, thus Irgenhausen was mentioned in 811 AD as Camputuna sive Irincheshusa. Maybe the castrum's name was the name of the neighboring village of Kempten; the Roman Irgenhausen Castrumis located in Irgenhausen on the shore of Pfäffikersee. Jakob Heusser, Swiss industrialist Official website of the municipality of Pfäffikon Irgenhausen in German and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland
Municipalities of the canton of Zürich
There are 162 municipalities in the Canton of Zürich in Switzerland. In general, municipalities in Switzerland are grouped in districts, their capital municipalities are written in bold letters. There were no changes between 1934 and 2013, but as of December 2016, there occurred in all four mergers as per 1 January 2014, 1 January 2015, 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2017. 2014: Bertschikon bei Attikon and Wiesendangen → Wiesendangen 2015: Bauma and Sternenberg → Bauma 2016: Kyburg and Illnau-Effretikon → Illnau-Effretikon 2018: Hirzel and Horgen → Horgen 2018: Elgg and Hofstetten → Elgg 2019: Oberstammheim and Waltalingen → Stammheim 2019: Hütten, Schönenberg and Wädenswil → Wädenswil planned: Adlikon, Henggart, Humlikon and Thalheim an der Thur There are listed the names of all the 171 municipalities as of 2013, i.e. before the four mergers in the modern history of the canton of Zürich occurred. Based on the article in the German Wikipedia
Pfäffikersee is a lake in the canton of Zürich, near the town of Pfäffikon. It is 1.3 km wide at the middle. The lake was created in the last ice age when a moraine blocked off the ability for the lake to empty north towards Winterthur. There is a hiking trail around the lake that people bike and walk on, the area is considered protected lands, among them the Robenhauser Ried and the prehistoric settlement Wetzikon–Robenhausen and researched by Jakob Messikommer, which became a serial site of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps. In Roman era, along Pfäffikersee there was a Roman road from the vicus Centum Prata on Obersee–Lake Zürich via Vitudurum to Tasgetium to the Rhine. To secure this important transport route, the Irgenhausen Castrum was built. Media related to Pfäffikersee at Wikimedia Commons Waterlevels of Pfäffikersee at Pfäffikon
Pfäffikon is a municipality in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. It is the seat of the district of the same name, it is not to be confused with Pfäffikon SZ in the canton of Schwyz. In Roman era, along Pfäffikersee there was built a Roman road from the vicus Centum Prata on Obersee–Lake Zürich via Vitudurum to Tasgetium to the Rhine. To secure this important transport route, the Irgenhausen Castrum was built; the native name of the fort is unknown, thus Irgenhausen was mentioned in 811 AD as Camputuna sive Irincheshusa. Maybe the castrum's name was the name of the neighbouring village of Kempten. Pfäffikon is first mentioned in 811 as faffinchova. In 965 it was mentioned as haffinchova. Pfäffikon has an area of 19.5 km2. Of this area, 43.3 % is used for agricultural purposes. Of the rest of the land, 16.7% is settled and the remainder is non-productive. In 1996 housing and buildings made up 11.9% of the total area, while transportation infrastructure made up the rest. Of the total unproductive area, water made up 11.4% of the area.
As of 2007 13.6% of the total municipal area was undergoing some type of construction. Pfäffikon is situated on Pfäffikersee in Zürcher Oberland southeasternly of the city of Zürich. Neighbouring municipalities are Bäretswil, Fehraltorf, Russikon, Seegräben, Uster and Wildberg; the town is divided into four districts, namely Auslikon and Rutschberg situated on Pfäffikersee, as well as the districts of Ober Balm, Unter Balm, Oberwil, Hermatswil, Schür, Rick, Ravensbühl, Faichrüti. Pfäffikon has a population of 11,864; as of 2007, 17.6% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. As of 2008 the gender distribution of the population was 51 % female. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 12.1%. Most of the population speaks German, with Italian being second most common and Albanian being third. In the 2007 election the most popular party was the SVP; the next three most popular parties were the CSP and the Green Party. The age distribution of the population is children and teenagers make up 23.5% of the population, while adults make up 62% and seniors make up 14.5%.
In Pfäffikon about 73.3% of the population have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education. There are 3954 households in Pfäffikon. Pfäffikon has an unemployment rate of 2.52%. As of 2005, there were 200 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 58 businesses involved in this sector. 1635 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 99 businesses in this sector. 2379 people are employed with 352 businesses in this sector. As of 2007 50% of the working population were employed full-time, 50% were employed part-time; as of 2008 there were 4771 Protestants in Pfäffikon. In the 2000 census, religion was broken down into several smaller categories. From the census, 52.5% were some type of Protestant, with 48.6% belonging to the Swiss Reformed Church and 4% belonging to other Protestant churches. 27.3% of the population were Catholic. Of the rest of the population, 0% were Muslim, 7.5% belonged to another religion, 2.4% did not give a religion, 9.5% were atheist or agnostic.
The historical population is given in the following table: Pfäffikon has an average of 139.3 days of rain per year and on average receives 1,162 mm of precipitation. The wettest month is August during which time Pfäffikon receives an average of 136 mm of precipitation. During the wettest month, there is precipitation for an average of 12.3 days. The month with the most days of precipitation is May, with an average of 13.4, but with only 112 mm of precipitation. Pfäffikon ZH railway station is a stop of the S-Bahn Zürich on the line S3. Bernhard Hirzel a Swiss theologian and Orientalist, became pastor in Pfäffikon in 1837 Jakob Heusser-Staub a Swiss industrialist and philanthropist Florian Froehlich a contemporary artist who creates paintings, stained-glass and installations Darije Kalezić a Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Swiss former footballer, 220 club caps Official Website of Gemeinde Pfäffikon ZH Statistics for Gemeinde Pfäffikon ZH Bernhard A. Gubler: Pfäffikon in German and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 2002-10-21.
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