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A Fresh Look at Apples from an Eastern Iowa Orchard

By: Hannah Agran

Recipes: Matt Steigerwald and Maggie Harris

Photographers Adam Albright and Andy Lyons

“Perched above an Iowa apple orchard, Rapid Creek Cidery promises farmstead libations and seasonal dishes that are as American as, well, you know—with a few global twists.

Around 4:30 every afternoon, chef Matt Steigerwald steps outside. A valley drapes before him, fringed by oaks, striped with apple trees and carved down the middle by Rapid Creek, his restaurant’s namesake. Matt listens for a pair of woodpeckers that have hung around since the orchard was dappled in bloom. And he breathes.”

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