Published on July 20, 2020

OH, Farmers’ Market pull off successful event featuring art, food and health

By Katie Pickens, Owensboro Times

Owensboro Health teamed up with the Owensboro Regional Farmers’ Market to put the spotlight on local food, art and health Saturday. The event brought out local producers, musicians and arts agencies who promoted a positive, healthy lifestyle for the community. 

According to officials with Owensboro Health, the annual event was scaled back this year due to COVID-19, but it was still a success that brought hundreds of people together. Tables, booths and chairs were spread out across the entire parking lot to encourage social distancing. 

“We mean what we say — physical distancing is so important, so we made sure everything was 6 feet apart,” said Debbie Zuerner Johnson, OH director of community engagement. “In dealing with the pandemic over the past few months — never before have we seen the intersection of food, art and health be more important.” 

Owensboro Health passed out free gift bags to the community containing a variety of items including fruit peelers, sidewalk chalk, cardboard fans, and containers for fruit and vegetable storage. 

Meanwhile, officials with Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, and Owensboro Dance Theatre, among others, set up camp to promote the value of physical and mental health achieved through the arts. 

Though it was a hot, humid day at the farmers’ market, with temperatures topping out at 93 degrees by the end of the event, Johnson said she was pleased to have seen the community promoting a healthy environment as well. The majority of them faced the heat with their face masks on throughout the four-hour event, she said. 

“Today, even though we had to scale it back, we wanted to be here for the Regional Farmers’ Market and to say, ‘we understand and embrace the intersection of the farmers, the musicians, and the arts agencies,’” Johnson said. “We wanted to show it, and we were able to do it safely.” 

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.