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About Us...

Paula and her two daughters, Angela and Rita, opened Apple Knockers' doors on September 11, 2009.  Located in the beautiful, historic village of Vicksburg, Michigan, Apple Knockers has become a local favorite. The menu reflects an array of homemade family recipes, like their Mean Jean Pasties and Mamma's Mac & Cheese, to good ole fashion comfort food, like 1/4lb all beef hot dogs and hamburgers. They feature over 50+ flavors of ice cream from Plainwell Ice Cream, which is made in Plainwell, Michigan, and Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream which is made in Shelby Township, Michigan. The staff supports the local community by graciously donating all of their tips to local charities and community organizations. In 2012, conducted a statewide search for the 10 best ice cream parlors.  Apple Knockers is proud to have been voted the third best ice cream parlor in the entire state of Michigan!  

2019 marks the 10th season for Apple Knockers!  And with their 10th season, they were excited to announce that they would be moving to a NEW location just west of their current building!  220 W. Prairie Street will be their new home with the same service and food Vicksburg has come to love, but a whole lot of new fun surprises too!  Come see what exciting things are happening in the Village of Vicksburg!! 

In addition to Apple Knockers, Paula, Angela, and Rita have opened Windfall Coffeehouse in 2018, which is located just down the street at, 625 W. Prairie St. You can check them out at!

We are EXCITED ​to ANNOUNCE.....

We wrapped up our 9th season at 115 W. Prairie St on October 6, 2018.  June 1, 2019, we kicked off our 10th season at our NEW LOCATION!!  We now call 220 W. Prairie St. our new home, right on the lake...just a stones throw WEST of our old location!  Follow us on all our social medias for the latest details!  

Our Apple Knocker's Journey...

Our Starter Home...

We wrapped up our 9th season on October 6, 2018. We had called 115 W. Prairie our beginning and our home for 9 blessed years.  It was a place where our kids and your's, grew up and created many memories and traditions!  It will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we are so grateful to be able to share it with you.  

Our New Beginning...

June 1, 2019, we kicked off our 10th season at our NEW LOCATION!! We now call 220 W. Prairie St. our new home and its right on the lake! We are just a stone's throw WEST of our old location! We've been able to not only expand our outdoor seating, but we've been able to bring a lot more fun features with BIG PLANS for our future.  We've been dubbed part of the "Water front entertainment district" in Vicksburg and we can't wait to create more memories and traditions with you! Please follow us on our social medias for all of the latest news and features!

See What People Are Saying

"Apple Knockers? What is this, some kind of red neck Hooters?"

-Sweet little old lady 2009

What is an Apple Knocker anyway...

ap·ple knock·er (n), 1910-15

noun, slang

1. person who picks apples by knocking them off the trees allowing others to pick them up   2. rustic   3. country bumpkin   4. someone residing in the lower peninsula (U.P. definition)

With Apple Knockers being located right down town Vicksburg, we offer limited indoor seating, garden patio deck seating on Sunset Lake, and our famous dog parking!  All within walking distance to other local favorites like parks, shops and more!

Voted 2nd best waterfront restaurant in South West Michigan 2019

Voted 3rd best ice cream parlor in South West Michigan

    -WWMT News Channel 3, 2018

Voted 3rd best dessert destination in South West Michigan

    -WWMT News Channel 3, 2018

Ranked as one of the best places to get ice cream in Michigan

    -Detroit Free Press 2018

Awarded 8th best ice cream parlor in the state of Michigan

    -Best Things Michigan 2018

Voted th​e 3rd best ice cream parlor in the state of Michigan, 2012

Voted 3rd best ice cream parlor in South West Michigan

   -WWMT News Channel 3, 2013 & 2018

Won Business of the year 2010

   -Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce

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