Welcome to Fishback Family Farms! I'm Rachel Fishback, a farm wife and mother of four by day...Capturing the art and chaos to our everyday farming life! We live in Southeast Iowa where we raise corn and soybeans.

Dad's Shadow

Monday, September 28, 2009

WOW! This is my post number 101! I need to go thru all the pictures I've been doing. My camera cards are FULL of images. But this one I think is adorable. Clay LOVES to follow his dad around, tinkering with tools as he goes. I thought it was so funny when Clay had on a welding helmet, and when Nathan was ready to weld, they pulled down their protective gear at the same time. I wish I had a video camera! It was like a rehearsed movie scene:)

Go Big D! 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

With fall, it bring lots of fun things like leaf piles, pumpkins, harvest and hometown football games. Madison and RyLee participated in the Washington High School Lil' Cheerleading Clinic for 2 days after school, and then the third day was cheering at our home football game. The girls were so excited to walk out on the field with their poms and do their cheers. Here's some pictures of the girls cheering away!

Its that time AGAIN!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Yes, with today being the official first day of fall, I thought it was fitting my procrastination of this post NEEDED to be done! Saturday September 19th, 2009 was Fishback's first officail day of harvest. Nathan combined corn, with a moisture of 20%-22%.
Nathan and Clay opening the field up.

One of the first dumps of 2009!

Madison watching on as dad dumps the corn into the grain cart

Clay & Dad grabbing a bite to eat

RyLee posing with the new combine
Have a safe and bountiful harvest everyone!

Fishback's Food Frenzie Friday...Chocolate Pecan Bars

Friday, September 18, 2009


Okay, so this is new to me... Fishback's Food Frenzie Friday! I love cooking and baking, and people are always looking for something new to try (including myself) so I thought I'd start a new blog post every Friday. I love Taste of Home magazine's....here's a new delicious recipe for you to try out of their Fall Baking Edition.


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
Directions: In a small bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla until blended. Stir in chocolate chunks and pecans. Pour over crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 6 dozen.

I was taking the pictures of my new dessert, and Tessa REALLY wanted a bar, so I didn't stop her:)

Good Report on Clay....

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just opened my email and one of them I read was:

Dear Rachel and Nate,
We are certainly enjoying Clay at preschool. He's a delightful boy! Love his smile!!!! Enjoy the photos.
Julie Zahs and Brenda Miles
Kingdom Kids Preschool

So I thought I would share them:) Although, this morning was a different story. He cried, sat in the car and was a struggle to get to the classroom. And when I left, all I heard was Clay crying:( I felt really bad, but he wanted to "Go work with Daddy." So hopefully he's having a great time right now!
Clay with Mrs. Miles
Clay working on paper chains

Clayton Reading

Support Your Local Businesses

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I found this on a photography blog I check and thought it was interesting....and a great reminder! Its the 3-50 Project

Newest Mamber to Our Operation!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Meet the newest member of our team....Our CAT 480, complete with a 40' Bean Platform and 8 Row Corn Head. Yes, Nathan is REALLY itching to get into the fields with this bad boy. In July we went to Omaha for a two day clinic on Cat Combines where Nathan and I were SOLD on their capacity and efficiency. And I WAS paying attention...complete with answering questions correctly for some fun prizes! I was, however, quite a bit out-numbering on the male to female ratio. Special thanks to Kendall at Altorfer......you can be sure to call him if you're ready for some info:)
Hi Kendall!!!
Kendall Havran
Ag Sales Representative

Clay was BEAMING with excitement when we came down the highway that day....he could see it over the corn field (we live down a quarter mile lane). The big CAT letters were plain as day for Clayton to read. His smile was SO big...the first thing out of his mouth was, "Does it have duals?" WHAT?! My four year old was concerned about duals? And yes, it does!

Never Forget....

Friday, September 11, 2009

I couldn't resist taking this picture this morning in the fog. 9-11-01 Is a day I will never forget where I was, or what I was doing. I was going to work late that morning, laying in bed, pregnant with Madison watching Good Morning America (I'm not a morning girl...as you can tell). And I watched the towers fall. It was something I couldn't believe what was really happening....and had no grasp of how many lives were about to change that day. My hearts STILL go out tho the thousands of families who ache for someone they lost in those horrible acts.

One other thing I'll never forget was when they shut down the air flights for everything...and that afternoon Air Force One flew over our farm. I know I stopped dead in my tracks because the skies were silent....and I heard the fighter jets fly over.

Be thankful for our freedom. For the people who serve for us, and sacrifice so much. Thank YOU for letting me choose what I, my husband, and my kids get to do with our daily lives. THANK YOU!

Another 1st......

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Clayton had his first day of 4Day Preschool this morning. He was SOOOOO EXCITED!!!! He's been waiting since the girls started almost 2 weeks ago....its been a long 2 weeks of "Why can't I go to school?!" This year he is going four mornings a week at Kingdom Kids Preschool in Washington.The kids riding their bikes to the end of the lane. We do this when its nice out:)

Locks of Love Part 2....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

RyLee could not stand her long hair after Madison had hers cut off, so she was certain she was going to do the same thing. Ry wanted to make sure her hair was given to the kids who needed her hair also. So two days later we went back to Salon Rage and had Ry's beautiful hair cut and given to a much worthy cause. Here she is so excited to see it cut!Holding her pony tail!RyLee and her fabulous hair stylist, Stephanie!The girls with their new 'dos!!!!!

Art In Agriculture

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Being apart of a farming operation, its easy to see there's TONS of work to be done. And every time you turn around....it should have been done this morning, or yesterday, or even last year. I stop and think, "It will always be there, whether now or tomorrow." Nathan thinks, "I'm going to get this done now, and won't go in to shower until it IS done." Thats probably whay Nathan is such a successful farmer and business person! But from my marketing classes in the photography world, I've realized most farmers are SO SILENT about what they do in their everyday business. I love capturing agriculture. If you haven't seen our farming website, you should check it out. So when Aaron Putze from CSIF contacted me about doing a photography shoot, I was honored! I spent three hours documenting the Wessling Farm in north central Iowa on one of our ONLY hot and sweaty summer days:) But it was worth it. I can't wait to see some of my pictures throughout CSIF's new campaign. Here's the fabulous Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers Team:
And the wonderful Wessling Family who took their whole morning and early afternoon to be everybodies models!

1st Day of School - 2009!

This year we sent Madison off to Second Grade and RyLee had her big "debue" of Kindergarten! I drive the kids in the morning because I will start the preschool run next week for Clay (By the way, he is one NOT SO HAPPY camper that HE does not get to go to school) We hear about it every morning on the way to dropping Madison and RyLee off. But, anyway, we were two blocks away from their school and RyLee sayd, "Mom, my tummy feels funny." I told her that she was just nervous and she'd be fine once she got to her classroom and met some of her friends. When she got off the yellow school bus that afternoon, I wish I had the camera. Her smile was SO BIG...it was adorable!