“Welcome to Victory Garden Ranch!” That’s what you hear as you walk through the door of this unique store at Sharpsburg’s Town Square.
About Victory Garden Ranch
Victory Garden Ranch is more than a unique store, it also serves as a Veterans Wellness Center. VGR, as we call it, was created in November 2016 by Beth and Dwayne Harris. The Harris’ are retired from the U.S. Army with a combined 47 years of military service. Dwayne also served as a firefighter.
“Victory Garden Ranch – Veterans Growing Together!” The mission of VGR is two-fold. First, it provides products grown and manufactured by Veterans and their families to the Sharpsburg community. Victory Garden Ranch is certified by Maryland’s Best and they have been accepted by the Farmer Veteran Coalition and certified by the national Homegrown by Heroes program. Their mission is to meet other Veterans and community members and guide Veterans in growing/making their own products to sell under the Homegrown by Heroes label while providing the community with farm fresh food and other products.
Second, it operates as a Veterans Wellness Center. VGR has a classroom that is used to host a number of Veteran wellness programs including painting, movies, yoga and counseling. This provides a place where people can connect. According to Beth, “Part of the recovery is connecting with other people going through a similar recovery process. We now have a place where people can go. It’s not just shopping – it’s sharing.”
The objective of Victory Garden Ranch is to raise funds to source the local nonprofit Veterans Group “Come All Who are Thirsty”. The Harris’ started this group in 2013 to bring veterans and their families together through meetings and outreach programs. Their mission is to connect Veterans with other Veterans and their support teams to combat isolation, depression and suicide. As “the Ranch” expands, they hope to provide other forms of therapy for Veterans such as archery, homeopathic services, and equine therapy. Come All Who are Thirsty also welcomes our ‘First Responders’ – Police, fire & EMS personnel to participate in the events and activities.
Unique Items at Victory Garden Ranch
Victory Garden Ranch carries a wide range of products including flags, memorabilia and some antiques.
Crafted foods such as soups, jams, jellies, salsas, cookies, and pretzels.
Various gifts items like crochet hats and scarves, candles, soaps and other health and beauty products.
A book-nook covering just about every American conflict and segment of our history.
Locally roasted whole bean coffee, farm fresh eggs and cheeses.
There is something for everyone at Victory Garden Ranch. Be sure to stop by to say “Hello!” and check out all the latest items at the store.
Events & Classes
Throughout the year VGR hosts book signings, CPR certification classes, story time, movie nights, meditation and painting classes.
Weekly Yoga Classes – Thursday evenings
Spring Artisan Market – April
Patriotic Pancake Breakfast – Memorial Day Weekend
Sharpsburg Founder’s Day – First weekend in July
Antietam Christmas in July! – Last weekend in July
Veteran’s Day Gift Bag Drive – Veterans Day Saturday
Sharpsburg Sunday-Funday Holidays! – Sunday afternoons November – December
Victory Garden Ranch is a proud supporter and sponsor of many of the local community events and activities. From Memorial Day to Founder’s Day and Veterans Day, Victory Garden Ranch is always there with open doors to help and assist the community. “Victory Garden Ranch – Veterans Growing Together!”
Walking from the Inn, Victory Garden Ranch is just at the end of the block, on the left at Town Square. If you are driving, parking is available along the street or in a parking lot off N. Mechanic Street. (Click here for Google Maps)
Victory Garden Ranch
101 W. Main Street
Victory Garden Ranch is open from 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.