Publisher’s Note: One of the great joys of being a part of McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square, is getting to know the vendors providing our community with locally grown and/or made products. As a new vendor myself, hearing what gets them up so early, every Saturday morning, spring through fall, inspires me. As we help each other get ready for market or break it all down a few sweaty hours later, I love learning more about the how and the why of it all as they share their bounty. If their stories aren’t the very definition of local flavor and local love, then I don’t know what is. Please meet Katie Price, the head baker, Air Force veteran, current wife, mom, and mom-to-be behind the delicious baked goods offered at Baoboa Bakery. All photos courtesy of Katie Price.
“The word Baobao is Chinese for baby,” says Baoboa Bakery’s Katie Price, “We chose this for the bakery in order to constantly remind us of what we are working toward.” Started in the spring of 2016, Baobao Bakery sells sweets in order to raise funds with hope for a double helping of happy ending. “We are adopting two children from China,” says Katie, “We are extremely blessed and excited to be growing our family in this way!”
According to Katie, Baobao Bakery has been equal measure great blessing and exciting journey; a journey that brought her husband Brad, their young family, and her from life in the Air Force to McKinney to begin their civilian life. “We started out this year with everything we owned in a moving van,” she says of their recent move. “Following God’s leading, [we] joined our church and started our post military life here. Since then, Brad has started working with a great CPA firm, and my side business of photography has done well. Meanwhile, my main business of mom and homemaker has flourished!”
“We quickly saw that the Lord was leading us in a different direction,” says Katie, Now we have started the exciting journey of adopting from China.”
The Price family is working with All God’s Children Adoption Agency to bring their family together. “This amazing agency not only handles adoptions but also works fervently, both training and supporting foster families that care for the orphaned in China,” says Katie.
Anticipating that family members, friends and community might want to contribute to the orphan crisis in China, or be a part of this amazing adoption story, BaoBao Bakery came to be, as a means to share the experience with others, while earning money to cover the many up-front costs they will incur during the fourteen month adoption process. Additionally, the Price’s are earning money to help cover any special needs, possible surgeries or therapies their new babies may need.
“All of the profits from our bakery go directly into our adoption fund,” says Katie, “We bake several different kinds of breads and muffins, churn pecan butter and grind flour.”
In addition to visiting Baobao Bakery and picking up yummy homemade breads and baked goods at McKinney Farmers Market each Saturday morning between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., those interested in doing so can also follow their journey by visiting the Price Adoption Facebook page or the Price Family Adoption Pure Charity page.
“We would love for everyone to stop by and ask any questions they have,” says Katie, “We are always excited to talk about how God is working and would love to share updates as we get one day closer to bringing our Baobaos home!”