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Burkholder’s Baked Goods

October 29, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Fresh made cookie anyone?

The local bakery in town is just as well known as Nutter’s Ice Cream.  Burkholder’s Baked Goods has been providing delicious fresh donuts, dinner rolls, fresh cakes and pies, breads, milk, and cheese for almost 25 years now in Sharpsburg.

About Burkholder’s Baked Goods

Ruth and Nathan Burkholder

The bakery

Nathan and his wife Ruth Burkholder, started selling baked goods out of their van at the old Amoco or BP station in Sharpsburg.  They had recently sold their farm near the Hagerstown airport and moved to a farm near Sharpsburg.   The business become so successful selling out of the van, that they opened their first commercial bakery on Main Street in the Town Square.  In 2000, they sold their farm and purchased a home in Sharpsburg and remodeled the garage into the current bakery facility.

 

Unique Items at the Bakery   

I’ll take two , please!

There is not a Dunkin Donut or Krispy Cream shop within miles of Sharpsburg, but not to worry, Burkholders Baked Goods beats them hands down when it comes to fresh made donuts.  The display counter in the bakery is not that big, but they carry at least two dozen different kinds of donuts every morning.  Powdered, glazed, filled with fruit or filled with cream, and my two favorites apple fritters and bear claws.

If you’re not into donuts, the Burkholders also make cookies each day too. You can always find oatmeal raisin, peanut butter blossoms,  short bread, sugar cookies and depending on the season, decorated butter cut-outs.  Of course pies and cakes are one of the best sellers. Pumpkin, apple and pecan pie (again, my favorite) are popular around the holidays.

 

 

Even though we love the donuts, cookies, and pies; a popular breakfast item at the Inn is the homemade bread.  That’s right, we use Burkerholder’s bread for a number of breakfast dishes.  Their famous Cheese Bread is toasted just enough to brown the edges and bubble the cheese that’s carefully folded into the dough.  This makes a perfect side to any egg dish.  We recently posted the recipe for our Caramelized French Toast.  Of course you could use store bought bread, but we love the Cinnamon Raisin bread.  The extra cinnamon, raisins and yeasty sweetness makes this one of our most requested breakfast dishes.  Burkholder’s makes several kinds of bread, and they are all really good.

In addition to all these wonderful baked goods, they also sell local dairy products and honey.  They have farm fresh eggs, cheese and their milk comes in the old-fashioned glass milk bottles.

So the next time you’re at the Inn or visiting Sharpsburg, stop by Burkholders to get some fresh homemade baked goods to snack on or take home.

Burkholder’s Baked Goods
301-432-2292
106 W High St
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

The bakery is open from 6am to 5 p.m. Tuesday –  Friday, 6am-12pm Saturday (closed Sunday & Monday).

 

Directions

Driving from the Inn, Burkholder’s Baked Goods is just at the end of the block on Hall Street, turn left on High Street.   You will cross over Mechanic Street and the bakery will be on your right.  Parking is available behind the house. (Click here for Google Maps)

Victory Garden Ranch

May 11, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

VGR Owner

VGR Owners – Beth and Dwayne Harris with Chris

“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.

 

 

 

vegetables

Fresh vegetables at VGR

“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

antique plate and bottlesold glory flagVictory 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.

canned items

Various gifts items like crochet hats and scarves, candles, soaps and other health and beauty products.

soaps

A book-nook covering just about every American conflict and segment of our history.

  history books

Locally roasted whole bean coffee, farm fresh eggs and cheeses.

eggs and cheese

 

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!”

front of VGR

Welcome to Victory Garden Ranch!

Directions

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 logo

Victory Garden Ranch
101 W. Main Street
Sharpsburg, Maryland

Victory Garden Ranch is open from 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

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