The grange farms as a lonesome dot in the endless space of the Vojvodina plain, awakens an idyllic and romantic idea of life in this region in the eye of the beholder. Grange farms, salaš in Serbian and szallas in Hungarian, a word often mentioned in Vojvodina and Hungary, depicts the former paori (farmers) way of life in this region, when work was done outside the countryside, far away from villages, in the field. The grange farm has always been a place for all types of activities: work, rest, merriment, so that has always been a home and workplace, picnic area and resting place. It was made up of a main house with surrounding ancillary facilities, such as a house for servants, workers, then barns, stables and auxiliary work rooms. The house was guarded by arches of ash trees, acacia trees, various fruits. Most grange farms were located in the vicinity of Subotica, Sombor, Cenej near Novi Sad, and there were also some in the Banat and Srem region. Although during the years of wars and changes, salas were losing their function, today as islands “in the sea of the plains”, they are gaining a new dimension – they are becoming a significant factor in the tourist offer. These secluded homes, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, convey and preserve the spirit of the old way of life, and are becoming oases of tradition.
Winter on Grange Farms is a tourism program that aims to promote an important part of Vojvodina ‘s tourist offer, salaš farms. The road takes us via two destinations, Novi Sad and Subotica, popular tourist centers and place of departure for local and foreign visitors to the farms. Tourists are looking for a unique experience today, and salaš farms tell the story of a way of life through the traditional preparation and serving of food with good wines and brandies and with the sounds of tamburitsa. These are the starting points, and the salaš farms to visit are on this link.