Sunset Valley farmers market closes to make way for new South Austin vaccination site

The Toney Burger Activity Center, pictured here as a food distribution site in 2020, will be converted into an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Toney Burger Activity Center, pictured here as a food distribution site in 2020, will be converted into an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Toney Burger Activity Center, pictured here as a food distribution site in 2020, will be converted into an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Sustainable Food Center is temporarily closing its Sunset Valley farmers market at the Toney Burger Activity Center as Austin Public Health and Austin ISD convert the venue into a new vaccination site.

According to the Sustainable Food Center, vendors and shoppers are invited to participate at the nonprofit’s downtown farmers market at Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St., Austin, while the Sunset Valley location is not available. The Republic Square event is held each Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

At a March 5 press conference, Cassandra DeLeon, the assistant director of Austin Public Health’s Disease Prevention Health Promotion Division, said the Toney Burger Activity Center could open as a new vaccination center in the coming weeks. The center is located at 3200 Jones Road, Sunset Valley.

“Right now the operations that we have in place are sufficient for the vaccine allocation we have received and have more capacity than what we actually have to provide as far as vaccines,” she said. “However, we are currently staging and preparing to stand up Burger Center. That’s something we’re planning in the next few weeks, to develop that as a new site.”

She said APH is also looking at the Travis County Expo Center as a potential new site.


“Last fall we actually practiced vaccine distribution at Travis County Expo Center in anticipation of using that location as a vaccine site for COVID-19,” she said. “It’s a constantly evolving process; we continue to look for locations to better meet the community’s needs and to ensure we have enough capacity to provide vaccines as rapidly as we receive it.”