Horses abound in Vurpar. They pull carts, they carry loads,
and they serve as transportation. Many families have a horse
as an important part of their farm business.
In the fall a family butchers a pig, if they have one. It
is hard work. The daylong effort results in a larder full
of meat for the winter. Not only do people raise their own
meat, they grow vegetables, spices and herbs. Consequently,
food in Vurpar is very tasty!
Another source of food, clothing and an important source of
income for Vurpar is its sheep. Up to pasture in the spring,
down from pasture in the fall, the shepherd is a lonely, but
important person with his own attendant folklore in Romania.
Grapes yield wine, plums make tuica brandy, grains make beer,
and people still bake bread at home in Vurpar. Often the basement
of a house holds a store of finished goods and ingredients.
There is one small grocery store in Vurpar and the prices
of finished products are too high for the average resident.
Everything from the garden becomes canned goods for the winter.
They are stored in the basement and grace the table during
The 2,400 people who live in Vurpar are self-sufficient and
self-reliant. Each village farm is a self-contained unit which
produces the bulk of its own food and drink. Villagers help
each other during harvest and slaughter times. They work together
donations payable to:
Project, St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church,
% Jim Sack
West Rudisill Blvd,
Fort Wayne, IN 46807.
a tax deductible donation!