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    Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
    Money Making Guide/Crop Guide
    FAQ by Misael Villegas (chitomv10@IGNmail.com)
    Final Version
    
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    Introduction
    ------------
    Harvest Moon has been a successful series over the years.  Now, the 
    Game Boy Advance has been blessed with getting a HM game of its own.  
    Well, not quite.  Friends of Mineral Town is actually similar to the 
    PS1 version of HM, called Back to Nature.  However, this isn't a 
    direct port of that game.  Some changes have been made to accommodate 
    the fact that this is a portable game.  For the most part, those who 
    played any of the previous HM games will find this version to be 
    probably one of the best versions out there.
    
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    Version History
    ---------------
    03/29/04  UPDATE
             - I made some corrections to my crop calculations.  Thanks 
               to Pat Galbraith and Peter Alexander for pointing it out.
    
    01/19/04 - Final Version
             - I've added information regarding crops and animals.  I
               also added a summary towards the end about planning ahead.
    
    01/16/04 - v1.3
             - Sorry for the long absence.  I added more information to
               this FAQ.
    
    12/02/03 - v1.2
             - I've added information on foraging during the summer as
               well as added info on cows and sheep.  I've also made some
               minor corrections.
    
    11/19/03 - v1.1
             - I've clarified some information on this FAQ.  I have also
               added info on earning money from animals.
    
    11/17/03 - v1.0
             - The initial release of this FAQ.  I plan to add more
               information soon.
    
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    FAQ Info
    --------
    The purpose of this FAQ is to help you understand the basics of 
    making money in FOMT.  This will include getting the most money out 
    of your crops during each season, learning how much items are worth, 
    and learning to plan out your day.
    
    JUST NOTE: This FAQ may contain some game spoilers.  Be warned!
    
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    Starting Out
    ------------
    You begin FOMT with little more than an Ax, Hoe, Sickle, Hammer, 
    Pedometer, Watering Can, and 500G.  This isn't much, but it's enough 
    to begin your empire of wealth.  It's important to start out earning 
    a good amount of money in the beginning to make your life much easier 
    as the game progresses.
    
    There are many ways to earn money in this game.  Here is a list of 
    the money makers.
    
    Foraging -
    This is the "easiest" method of making money.  You can find many 
    things worth selling in the forests, mountains, and even on the 
    beach.  You don't even need to use any tools (and stamina) to get 
    them, although you will need to spend time actually getting them. 
    Here is the list for Spring.
    
      Spring Items         Price    Location
      ------------         -----    --------
      Bamboo Shoots        50G      3 found south of Mountain Lake
      Blue Grass           100G     1 found near Hot Springs
                                    2 found in Forest
      Orange Grass         100G     2 found on Beach
      Yellow Grass         120G     2 found on Beach
    
      Total Net Earnings:  890G a day
    
    NOTE: It will be very difficult, at first, to get everything at once.  
    When you start out the game, you will only have room to hold three 
    items and three tools.  One of the first things you should buy 
    (besides seeds for your crops, which I'll cover later on) is a bigger 
    backpack.  There are two upgrades.  The first one, worth 3000G, will 
    allow you to hold 5 items and tools.  You can buy this at the 
    Supermarket.  One week after you buy this, a second backpack, worth 
    5000G, will be on sale (which can hold 9 items and tools).
    
    During the summer, there will be even more items worth selling.
    
      Summer Items         Price    Location
      ------------         -----    --------
      Wild Grapes          50G      1 found south of Mountain Lake
                                    1 found in Forest
      Blue Grass           100G     1 found near Hot Springs
                                    2 found in Forest
      Green Grass          100G     2 found south of Mountain Lake
                                    1 found near Hot Springs
                                    1 found in Forest
      Red Grass            110G     1 found south of Mountain Lake
                                    1 found near Hot Springs
                                    1 found in Forest
                                    1 found on Church Cemetery
      Purple Grass         120G     4 found on Beach
    
      Total Net Earnings:  1620G a day
    
    Fall (or Autumn) is full of all sorts of items worth selling (and 
    they are also worth a lot of money).
    
      Autumn Items         Price    Location
      ------------         -----    --------
      Mushrooms            70G      1 found in Forest
                                    1 found north of Mountain Lake
                                    1 found behind Church*
      Poisonous Mushroom   100G     1 found in Forest
                                    1 found behind Church*
      Truffle              500G     1 found west of Mountain Lake**
                                    2 found behind Church*
      Green Grass          100G     2 found south of Mountain Lake
                                    1 found near Hot Springs
                                    1 found in Forest
      Red Grass            110G     1 found south of Mountain Lake
                                    2 found near Hot Springs
                                    1 found in Forest
                                    1 found on Church Cemetery
      Indigo Grass         100G     2 found on Beach
    
      Total Net Earnings:  3060G a day
    
    * You will need to be good friends with Carter in order to access the 
    back of the Church.
    
    ** You can access this area by taking the path behind the large 
    boulder that located south of the Mountain Lake.  You will need to 
    use either the Cursed, Blessed, or Mythic Hammer to destroy the rock.
    
    You'll only find two pieces of White Grass in Winter.  
    
      Autumn Items         Price    Location
      ------------         -----    --------
      White Grass          150G     1 found in the north part of Forest
                                    1 found behind Church*
    
      Total Net Earnings:  300G a day
    
    Mining -
    You can mine for minerals in one of two places.  One is located 
    behind the Goddess Pond and is accessible all year round. The other 
    is in the middle of the Mountain Lake and can be accessed in Winter 
    when the lake freezes over (although it is possible to reach this 
    cave during the other seasons with the help of a special item).  You 
    find minerals by smashing rocks with your hammer.  You can also find 
    bags of money (worth 10G each) that you earn immediately, as well as 
    Black Grass by tilling the soil.  There are also stairs that you find 
    using your hoe that will take you deeper in the mine, giving you 
    access to rarer items.  I'll list the minerals I've gotten so far in 
    the Goddess Mine.
    
      Mining Items        Price    Location
      ------------        -----    --------
      Junk Ore            1G       All floors in rocks
      Black Grass         10G      All floors in soil
      Copper Ore          15G      All floors in rocks
      Silver Ore          20G      All floors in rocks
      Gold Ore            25G      Floors 3 and below in rocks
      Mystrile Ore        40G      Floors 6 and below in rocks
      Orchalic Ore        50G      Floors 10 and below in rocks
      Adamantite Ore      50G      Floors 10 and below in rocks
      Mythic Stone        20000G   Floors 60 and below in rocks***
    
    *** Mythic Stones will only appear once all 6 cursed tools have been 
    upgraded to blessed status.
    
    NOTE: You use up a lot of energy breaking rocks and digging.  You may 
    want to bring some food or energy drinks to regain your strength, 
    especially if you want to reach any deeper floors.  (There are 255 
    floors in each cave, just to let you know.)  In addition, you can 
    also save time by buying a basket at the Supermarket for 5000G.  With 
    the basket, you can place up to 30 shipping items which you can dump 
    into a shipping bin at a later time.  However, once you put an item 
    into the basket, you cannot get it back.
    
    During the Winter, the Mountain Lake will freeze over and you will be 
    able to access the Winter Mine located in the center of the lake.
    
      Mining Items        Price    Location
      ------------        -----    --------
      Moon Stone          55G      Floors that end in 8 in rocks
      Sand Rose           60G      Floors that end in 9 in rocks
      Amethyst            60G      All floors in rocks
      Agate               62G      All floors in rocks
      Fluorite            65G      All floors in rocks
      Peridot             68G      All floors in rocks
      Topaz               70G      All floors in rocks
      Ruby                75G      All floors in rocks
      Emerald             80G      Floors that end in 5 in rocks
      Diamond             100G     Floors that end in 0 in rocks
      Alexandrite         10000G   Floors 50, 100, 150, and 200 in rocks
      Pink Diamond        10000G   Floors 30, 70, 90, 110, 130, 170, 190,
                                   and 255 in rocks
    
    Fishing -
    You can get a standard Fishing Rod by visiting Zack sometime from 
    11AM to 4PM at his house in the beach.  (You will need to have at 
    least one tool slot open in your backpack.)  Fishing is different 
    when compared to other versions of HM.  Here, you can actually 
    upgrade the Fishing Rod, just like your other tools.  The higher 
    level your rod is, the better chances of getting larger fish.  Your 
    standard Fishing Rod can capture small fish and very some medium 
    fish.  The type of fish you can get (as well as its size) will depend 
    on where you fish, the fishing rod level, and the season you fish in.
    
      Fish Size     Price
      ---------     -----
      Small         50G
      Medium        120G
      Large         200G
    
    Here is a listing of the fish available and their locations.
    
    Seasons: SP-Spring, SU-Summer, AU-Autumn, WI-Winter
    
    Location:
      Lake   - The big lake south of Mother Hill's Peak.
      River  - The river connecting the Lake, located Northeast.
      Pond   - The Goddess Pond next to the Hot Springs.
      Stream - The stream of water that makes the southern border of your
               farm, the Poultry Farm, and Yodel Ranch.
      Sea    - The sea on Mineral Beach
    
      Level 1 Fishing Rod:
      Fish Name        Season        Location         Size
      ---------        ------        --------         ----
      Bitterling       SP,SU,AU,WI   Stream           Small
      Bluegill         SP,SU,AU      Lake, River,     Small, Medium
                                     Pond, Stream
      Brown Hakeling   SP,SU,WI      Stream           Small, Medium
      Cherry Salmon    SU,AU         Lake, River      Small, Medium
      Fatminnow        SP,SU,AU,WI   Lake, River      Small
      Golden Carp      SP,SU,AU      Pond, Stream     Small
      Herring          SP,SU,WI      Sea              Small, Medium
      Lake Smelt       WI            Pond, Stream     Small
      Roach            SP,AU         Stream           Small
      Sandfish         WI            Sea              Small
      Sardine          SP,SU,AU,WI   Sea              Small, Medium
    
      Level 2 Fishing Rod:
      Fish Name        Season        Location         Size
      ---------        ------        --------         ----
      Filefish         WI            Sea              Small, Medium
      L. Salmon        SP,AU         River            Small, Medium
      Lionfish         SP,SU,AU,WI   Sea              Small, Medium
      Rockfish         SP,AU         Sea              Small, Medium
      Silver Carp      SP,SU,AU      Pond, Stream     Small, Medium
      Whitefish        SP,SU,AU,WI   Pond, Stream     Small, Medium
    
      Level 3 Fishing Rod:
      Fish Name        Season        Location         Size
      ---------        ------        --------         ----
      Greenling        SP            Sea              Small, Medium
      Needlefish       SP            Sea              Small, Medium
      Pigfish          SP,SU         Sea              Small, Medium
      Rock Trout       SP,WI         Sea              Small, Medium
      Saury Pike       AU            Sea              Small, Medium
      Scad             SP,SU,AU      Sea              Small, Medium
    
      Level 4 Fishing Rod:
      Fish Name        Season        Location         Size
      ---------        ------        --------         ----
      Black Bass       SP,SU,AU      Lake, River,     Medium, Large
                                     Pond, Stream
      Blowfish         WI            Sea              Medium, Large
      Cod              WI            Sea              Medium, Large
      Crucian Carp     SP,SU,AU,WI   Lake, Pond       Medium, Large
      Fluke            AU,WI         Sea              Medium, Large
      Kelp Bass        AU,WI         Sea              Medium, Large
      Mackerel         AU,WI         Sea              Medium, Large
      Mountain Trout   SP,SU,AU      River            Medium, Large
      Salmon           SU,AU         Stream           Medium, Large
    
      Level 5 Fishing Rod:
      Fish Name        Season        Location         Size
      ---------        ------        --------         ----
      Bighead          SP,SU,AU,WI   Stream           Large
      Bonito           SU,AU         Sea              Large
      Dorado           SP,SU,AU      Sea              Large
      Eel              SU,AU         Stream           Large
      Flounder         SP,SU,AU,WI   Sea              Large
      Ocean Sunfish    SP,SU,AU      Sea              Large
      Rainbow Trout    SP,SU,AU,WI   Lake, River      Large
      Red Snapper      SP,SU,AU      Sea              Large
      Snakehead        SU,AU         Pond, Stream     Medium, Large
      Sp. Mackerel     SP,WI         Sea              Large
      Tuna             SP,SU,AU,WI   Sea              Large
      Yellow Tail      SU,WI         Sea              Large
    
    Once you get the cursed Fishing Rod, you can also find other items 
    out at sea.  You can get Fish Fossil (worth 5000G) during the Fall 
    and Pirate Treasure (worth 10,000G) during the Summer.
    
    Goddess Game -
    During the first five days of Spring, the Harvest Goddess will have a 
    special TV game show.  Her channel is located on the Left Channel 
    (although you may have to keep pushing the Left button on the 
    Directional Pad to find it).  She will play a greater than or less 
    than game.  She will give you a number and you must guess if the next 
    number is greater than or less than the original.  If you're right, 
    you will get a chance to guess if the new number is greater than or 
    less than the current number.  (If both numbers are the same, you 
    will another chance to guess.)  You will be awarded with prizes on 
    the spot for getting more than 1 in a row.  (Same numbers do not 
    count as a win.)  The prize that easiest to get that can be sold are 
    the herbs (2 in a row).  However, you will make more money by selling 
    the Relaxation Tea Leaves (at 1000G a bag).  You'll need to get 
    exactly 10-14 answers correctly in a row to get this.  You can play 
    the Harvest Goddess game up to 5 times a day.  You may want to save 
    the game before playing and after winning.
    
    Horse Races -
    On the 18th of Spring, you can place bets on horses to win medals.  
    These medals can be exchanged for gifts.  Most of these gifts can be 
    sold back to earn money.  Each medal costs 50G.  If you happen to win 
    with a horse that has pretty good odds (usually higher than x4), you 
    can make a profit buying some prizes and selling them the next day.  
    Here's a list of prizes that can be sold.
    
      Prize               Cost            Price
      -----               ----            -----
      Adamantine          4 medals        50G
      Truffle             10 medals       500G
      Diamond             14 medals       100G
      Broach              18 medals       2000G
      Necklace            20 medals       2000G
    
    You can also ship more items by bringing your Basket so that you can 
    ship a maximum of 38 items.  (30 in your Basket and 8 in your 
    rucksack.)  Your best bet is to fill them with Broaches.
    
    Once your Horse is fully grown, you can actually race with him during 
    the festival.  You can also bet on yourself!
    
    Crops -
    During your first year, your main source of income will come from 
    growing crops.  Crops require investments, meaning you won't see 
    immediate results and profits.  You'll need to water each crop once a 
    day in order for them to grow in the shortest amount of time.  A list 
    of crop costs/growth rates can be found in a later part of this FAQ.  
    You will also find this information in the town Library.
    
    Animals -
    A steady source of income will come from taking care of chickens, 
    cows, and sheep.  You start off with a chicken coop, which can hold 4 
    chickens, and a barn, which can hold any combination of 8 cows and 
    sheep.  These places can be upgraded by Gotz, the woodcutter.  Check 
    out a later section of this FAQ for more info.
    
    =====================================================================
    
    Crop Guide
    ----------
    First off, you'll need to clear your land of debris and till the soil 
    using your hoe, in order plant seeds.  There are several formations 
    of crops out there.  Here are the most common ones.
    
    X - tilled soil           * - untilled soil
    
    XXX          X*X          X*X          XXX
    ***          X*X          XXX          XXX
    XXX          XXX          XXX          XXX
    
    Rows         U-shape      Fat U        Full Square
    6 slots      7 slots      8 slots      9 slots
    
    The most profitable shape is the Full Square.  However, with this 
    method, you will not be able to water the middle square once your 
    seeds start sprouting, until you upgrade your Watering Can to at 
    least Silver.  If you get the Harvest Sprites to help, they can water 
    the middle square.  This guide will list the costs and earnings 
    involved with the Full Square method, as well as the Fat U method.
    
    As far as crops are concerned, there are two types: Renewable and 
    Non-Renewable.  Non-Renewable crops require that you plant seeds 
    again once you harvest the crops.  Renewable crops will continue to 
    produce crops as long as you water them.
    
    It's also important to note that if you plant crops that are not 
    meant for that season (like planting Turnips during the Fall).  The 
    seeds will disappear the next day.  This is also true even if the 
    next day happens to be the appropriate season.  In other words, you 
    can't plant Summer crops during Spring 30, and Fall crops during 
    Summer 30, because they WILL disappear.
    
    (All results listed are for the Full Square method, unless they are 
    in brackets [], which uses the Fat U method.)
    
    ============
    Spring Crops
    ============
    
    Turnips
    *******
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket
    Renewable: No
    
    Cost of Seeds: 120G
    Growth Rate: 4 days
    Maximum Harvests: 7 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 2)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 60G
    Earnings per Harvest: 60G x 9 crops = 540G
                         [60G x 8 crops = 480G]
    Profit per Harvest: 540G - 120G = 420G
                       [480G - 120G = 360G]
    
    Cost per Season: 120G x 7 harvests = 840G
    Profit per Day: 420G / 4 days = 105G a day 
                   [360G / 4 days = 90G a day]
    
    Profit per Season: 420G x 7 harvests = 2940G a season
                      [360G x 7 harvests = 2520G a season]
    
    All right, let me explain what's going on here.  I've listed where 
    you can buy the seeds and if they are renewable.  Growth rates are 
    measured in days that have passed.  For example, if you plant turnips 
    on Day 2, Spring, and water them each day, the plants will be ready 
    in 4 days (on Day 6, Spring).  If you plant crops by the cutoff day 
    (including the cutoff day), you can maximize the number of times you 
    can plant and grow crops for that season.
    
    Potatoes
    ********
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket
    Renewable: No
    
    Cost of Seeds: 150G
    Growth Rate: 7 days
    Maximum Harvests: 4 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 2)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 80G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 80G x 9 crops = 720G
                         [80G x 8 crops = 640G]
    Profit per Harvest: 720G - 150G = 570G
                       [640G - 150G = 490G]
    
    Cost per Season: 150G x 4 harvests = 600G
    Profit per Day: 570G / 7 days = about 81G a day
                   [490G / 7 days = 70G a day]
    
    Profit per Season: 570G x 4 harvests = 2280G a season
                      [490G x 4 harvests = 1960G a season]
    
    Cucumbers
    *********
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket
    Renewable: Yes
    
    Cost of Seeds: 200G
    Growth Rate: 9 days
                (5 days for re-growth)
    Maximum Harvests: 5 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 1)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 60G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 60G x 9 crops = 540G
                         [60G x 8 crops = 480G]
    
    Cost per Season: 200G
    Profit per Season: 540G x 5 harvests - 200G = 2500G a season
                      [480G x 5 harvests - 200G = 2200G a season]
    
    (Calculations are different for renewable crops.  You only need to 
    buy the initial bag of seeds once.)
    
    Cabbages
    ********
    Purchase Seeds: Won at Zack's Place
    Renewable: No
    
    Cost of Seeds: 500G
    Growth Rate: 14 days
    Maximum Harvests: 2 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 2)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 250G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 250G x 9 crops = 2250G
                         [250G x 8 crops = 2000G]
    Profit per Harvest: 2250G - 500G = 1750G
                       [2000G - 500G = 1500G]
    
    Cost per Season: 500G x 2 harvests = 1000G
    Profit per Day: 1750G / 14 days = 125G a day
                   [1500G / 14 days = about 107G a day]
    
    Profit per Season: 1750G x 2 harvests = 3500G a season
                      [1500G x 2 harvests = 3000G a season]
    
    Strawberries
    ************
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket (Available once you've shipped 100
                    Turnips, 100 Potatoes, and 100 Cucumbers.)
    Renewable: Yes
    
    Cost of Seeds: 150G
    Growth Rate: 8 days
                (2 days for re-growth)
    Maximum Harvests: 11 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 2)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 30G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 30G x 9 crops = 270G
                         [30G x 8 crops = 240G]
    
    Cost per Season: 150G
    Profit per Season: 270G x 11 harvests - 150G = 2820G a season
                      [240G x 11 harvests - 150G = 2490G a season]
    
    
    ###################
    Comparison (Spring)
    ###################
                     Earnings for
    Crop             Full Square [Fat U]
    ----             -------------------
    Turnips          2940G [2520G]
    Potatoes         2280G [1960G]
    Cucumbers        2500G [2200G]
    Cabbages         3500G [3000G]
    Strawberries     2820G [2490G]
    
    As you can see, Cabbages are the most profitable for the Spring 
    season.  However, they take two weeks before you can harvest them.  
    You might be better off growing some Turnips for some quick cash, 
    while growing some cabbages.  Potatoes don't earn much money, but in 
    order to grow Strawberries, you will need to ship 100 of them in 
    addition to Turnips and Cucumbers.
    
    ============
    Summer Crops
    ============
    
    There are more renewable crops in the Summer than in spring.  It's 
    important to note that the first day of Summer is the Beach festival.  
    You won't be able to buy any seeds from the Supermarket or from Won 
    that day.  (You may want to buy some seeds on the last day of Summer 
    for next year's Summer harvest.)
    
    Tomatoes
    ********
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket
    Renewable: Yes
    
    Cost of Seeds: 200G
    Growth Rate: 9 days
                (3 days for re-growth)
    Maximum Harvests: 8 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 3)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 60G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 60G x 9 crops = 540G
                         [60G x 8 crops = 480G]
    
    Cost per Season: 200G
    Profit per Season: 540G x 8 harvests - 200G = 4120G a season
                      [480G x 8 harvests - 200G = 3640G a season]
    
    Corn
    ****
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket
    Renewable: Yes
    
    Cost of Seeds: 300G
    Growth Rate: 14 days
                (3 days for re-growth)
    Maximum Harvests: 6 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 1)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 100G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 100G x 9 crops = 900G
                         [100G x 8 crops = 800G]
    
    Cost per Season: 3000G
    Profit per Season: 900G x 6 harvests - 300G = 5400G a season
                      [800G x 6 harvests - 300G = 4800G a season]
    
    Corn can also be used for making Chicken Feed.  You get 30 bushels of 
    feed for each ear of corn that's placed inside the feed maker 
    (located next the chicken coop).  You actually make money by making 
    your own feed rather than buying from the Poultry Farm.  (You earn 
    100G for each corn sold, which can be used for buying 10 bushels of 
    feed.  You make 20 more bushels for the same value.)
    
    Onions
    ******
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket
    Renewable: No
    
    Cost of Seeds: 150G
    Growth Rate: 7 days
    Maximum Harvests: 4 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 2)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 80G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 80G x 9 crops = 720G
                         [80G x 8 crops = 640G]
    Profit per Harvest: 720G - 150G = 570G
                       [640G - 150G = 490G]
    
    Cost per Season: 150G x 4 harvests = 600G
    Profit per Day: 570G / 7 days = about 81G a day
                   [490G / 7 days = 70G a day]
    
    Profit per Season: 570G x 4 harvests = 2280G a season
                      [490G x 4 harvests = 1960G a season]
    
    Pineapples
    **********
    Purchase Seeds: Won at Zack's Place
    Renewable: Yes
    
    Cost of Seeds: 1000G
    Growth Rate: 20 days
                (5 days for re-growth)
    Maximum Harvests: 2 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 5)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 500G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 500G x 9 crops = 4500G
                         [500G x 8 crops = 4000G]
    
    Cost per Season: 1000G
    Profit per Season: 4500G x 2 harvests - 1000G = 8000G a season
                      [4000G x 2 harvests - 1000G = 7000G a season]
    
    Pumpkins
    ********
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket (Available once you've shipped 100
                    Tomatoes, 100 Corn, and 100 Onions.)
    Renewable: No
    
    Cost of Seeds: 500G
    Growth Rate: 14 days
    Maximum Harvests: 2 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 2)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 250G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 250G x 9 crops = 2250G
                         [250G x 8 crops = 2000G]
    Profit per Harvest: 2250G - 500G = 1750G
                       [2000G - 500G = 1500G]
    
    Cost per Season: 500G x 2 harvests = 1000G
    Profit per Day: 1750G / 14 days = 125G a day
                   [1500G / 14 days = about 107G a day]
    
    Profit per Season: 1750G x 2 harvests = 3500G a season
                      [1500G x 2 harvests = 3000G a season]
    
    ###################
    Comparison (Summer)
    ###################
                     Earnings for
    Crop             Full Square [Fat U]
    ----             -------------------
    Tomatoes         4210G [3640G]
    Corn             5400G [4800G]
    Onions           2280G [1960G]
    Pineapples       8000G [7000G]
    Pumpkins         3500G [3000G]
    
    Once again, the crop that makes the most money also takes the longest 
    to grow.  Pineapples are very profitable but you won't even harvest 
    one until the last days of Summer.  Pumpkins have the same profits as 
    Cabbages.  Onions don't earn much, similar to Potatoes.  However, 
    remember that you need to ship 100 of them in addition to Tomatoes 
    and Corn to grow Pumpkins.
    
    ==========
    Fall Crops
    ==========
    
    Fall is, by far, the most profitable season for selling crops.  
    Things grow fast and sell for a lot of money.
    
    Eggplants
    *********
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket
    Renewable: Yes
    
    Cost of Seeds: 120G
    Growth Rate: 9 days
                (3 days for re-growth)
    Maximum Harvests: 8 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 3)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 80G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 80G x 9 crops = 720G
                         [80G x 8 crops = 640G]
    
    Cost per Season: 120G
    Profit per Season: 720G x 8 harvests - 120G = 5640G a season
                      [640G x 8 harvests - 120G = 5000G a season]
    
    Carrots
    *******
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket
    Renewable: No
    
    Cost of Seeds: 300G
    Growth Rate: 7 days
    Maximum Harvests: 4 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 2)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 120G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 120G x 9 crops = 1080G
                         [120G x 8 crops = 960G]
    Profit per Harvest: 1080G - 300G = 780G
                       [960G - 300G = 660G]
    
    Cost per Season: 300G x 4 harvests = 1200G
    Profit per Day: 780G / 7 days = about 111G a day
                   [660G / 7 days = about 94G a day]
    
    Profit per Season: 780G x 4 harvests = 3120G a season
                      [660G x 4 harvests = 2640G a season]
    
    Sweet Potatoes
    **************
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket
    Renewable: Yes
    
    Cost of Seeds: 300G
    Growth Rate: 5 days
                (2 days for re-growth)
    Maximum Harvests: 13 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 1)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 120G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 120G x 9 crops = 1080G
                         [120G x 8 crops = 960G]
    
    Cost per Season: 120G
    Profit per Season: 1080G x 13 harvests - 120G = 13920G a season
                      [960G x 13 harvests - 120G = 12360G a season]
    
    Green Peppers
    *************
    Purchase Seeds: Won at Zack's Place
    Renewable: Yes
    
    Cost of Seeds: 150G
    Growth Rate: 7 days
                (2 days for re-growth)
    Maximum Harvests: 12 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 1)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 40G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 40G x 9 crops = 360G
                         [40G x 8 crops = 320G]
    
    Cost per Season: 150G
    Profit per Season: 360G x 12 harvests - 150G = 4170G a season
                      [320G x 12 harvests - 150G = 3690G a season]
    
    Spinach
    *******
    Purchase Seeds: Supermarket (Available once you've shipped 100
                    Eggplants, 100 Carrots, and 100 Sweet Potatoes.)
    Renewable: No
    
    Cost of Seeds: 200G
    Growth Rate: 5 days
    Maximum Harvests: 5 harvests
    (Cutoff day for MH: Day 5)
    
    Earnings for Crop: 80G 
    Earnings per Harvest: 80G x 9 crops = 720G
                         [80G x 8 crops = 640G]
    Profit per Harvest: 720G - 200G = 520G
                       [640G - 200G = 440G]
    
    Cost per Season: 200G x 5 harvests = 1000G
    Profit per Day: 520G / 5 days = 104G a day
                   [440G / 5 days = 88G a day]
    
    Profit per Season: 520G x 5 harvests = 2600G a season
                      [440G x 5 harvests = 2200G a season]
    
    #################
    Comparison (Fall)
    #################
                     Earnings for
    Crop             Full Square [Fat U]
    ----             -------------------
    Eggplant         5640G  [5000G]
    Carrot           3120G  [2640G]
    Sweet Potatoes   13920G [12360G]
    Green Peppers    4170G  [3690G]
    Spinach          2600G  [2200G]
    
    There's no question here.  Sweet Potatoes are your best bet.  
    However, you will be spending every other day harvesting these guys.  
    You may want to recruit the Harvest Sprites to make your life a lot 
    easier, in terms of harvesting.
    
    =====================================================================
    
    Animal Guide
    ------------
    
    Chickens
    ********
    You'll want to begin taking care of chickens first.  They are very 
    easy to take care of and inexpensive to get.  Of course, you also 
    don't earn as much money with them as you would with sheep or cows.  
    You will only need one chicken to start.  Once the chicken starts 
    laying eggs, you can place one egg into the incubator inside the 
    chicken coop.  Three days later, a chick will hatch.  After one full 
    week, your chick will become a full grown chicken.
    
    In order to take care of chickens, you will only need to buy feed.  
    Chicken feed can be purchased from the Poultry Farm for 10G a bushel.  
    You can also make your own feed buy throwing Corn (grown in the 
    summer) into the bin next to the coop to make 30 bushels of feed.  
    You can also leave your chickens outside for them to feed on worms on 
    your field.  You may want to fence them up (using stones or cut 
    lumber) to protect from wild dogs at night and to keep them in one 
    place.
    
    Each egg is worth 50G.  As you continue to take good care of 
    chickens, their heart meter will increase.  This is done by feeding 
    them once a day, and by picking them up.  The quality of their eggs 
    will also improve.  You can also earn a little more money by throwing 
    a regular or good quality egg into the hot springs (from the upper 
    part of the springs) and selling the Spa-Boiled eggs for 80G.
    
    You can also improve the quality of an egg by winning the Chicken 
    Sumo Festival.  If your chicken wins, she can have the ability to lay 
    golden eggs.  However, your chicken must have at least 8 hearts 
    before she will lay these eggs (replacing the large eggs she would 
    normally lay).  If you leave your golden-laying chicken outside for 
    600 total hours, she will lay P-type eggs.  On occasion, a P-laying 
    chicken will lay an X-type egg, which is very valuable.
    
    Once you have upgraded your chicken coop, you can take care of 8 
    chickens instead of 4, as well as incubate 2 eggs instead of just 1.  
    You can also have Saibara make the Mayonnaise Maker for 20,000G and a 
    piece of Adamantite.  This can turn your eggs into mayonnaise.  You 
    can also make mayonnaise in your kitchen (if you have one) using an 
    egg, oil, a whisk, and vinegar from your seasoning set.
    
    You can also sell adult chickens for 500G or for 2000G if they are 
    the winner of the Chicken Sumo Contest.
    
      Item                Price
      ----                -----
      Regular Egg         50G
      Good Quality Egg    60G
      High Quality Egg    80G
      Spa-Boiled Egg      80G
      Golden Egg          100G
      P-type Egg          180G
      X-type Egg          350G
      Mayonnaise (S)      100G
      Mayonnaise (M)      150G
      Mayonnaise (L)      200G
      Mayonnaise (G)      300G
      Mayonnaise (P)      450G
      Mayonnaise (X)      800G
    
    Animals now have life spans in FoMT.  A chicken will typically live 
    for only 3 years before passing away.  If one does pass away, you 
    will see a sequence at the Church cemetery with Pastor Carter and 
    either Rick, Barley, or both.
    
    Cows
    ****
    Unlike chickens, cows require a lot more attention, some more care, 
    but produce an even better daily income.  You can buy cows at Yodel 
    Ranch for 5000G.  Once you buy a cow, you will have to one week 
    before she is old enough to start milking.
    
    Before you buy cows, you will need to have some fodder to feed her.  
    Fodder can either be purchased for 20G a bushel at Yodel Ranch, or 
    can be grown by planting grass in your field and using the Sickle to 
    cut mature grass.).  Grass can be purchased at the Supermarket for 
    500G and can only be planted (and only grows) during Spring, Summer, 
    or Fall.  Grass does not need to be watered at all and will re-grow 
    every 9 days once you cut the grass.
    
    You can also leave your cow outside.  However, you will need to have 
    mature grass outside for her to feed on.  You may also want to fence 
    her up, to protect her from wild dogs.
    
    Just like the Chicken Coop, you can have Gotz upgrade your Animal 
    Barn.  You'll normally only be able to hold any combination of 8 cows 
    and sheep, with one extra stall only for a pregnant cow/sheep.  
    Upgrading the barn will make room for 16 stalls, with 2 extra stalls 
    only for pregnant animals.
    
    Cows produce up to 6 types of Milk, similar to the way chickens can 
    produce 6 types of Eggs.  Use the Milker (purchased at the 
    Blacksmith) to get milk from the cow.  As stated before, a cow that 
    was purchased from Yodel Farm will take one week before the cow 
    becomes an adult Cow.  You can raise the affection of your cow by 
    talking to her, feeding her, and using the brush (purchased at the 
    Blacksmith) every day.  Once a cow has 4 hearts, she will produce 
    Medium Milk, then she'll produce Large Milk once she's at 8 hearts.
    
    There is also a Cow Festival in Summer.  Unlike the Chicken Sumo, you 
    don't win by skill but rather by the amount of affection your cow has 
    toward you.  If you win, your Cow can produce Gold Milk.  If she has 
    stayed outside for a total of 600 hours, she will produce P Milk with 
    a chance of also producing X Milk.  You can also have a Cheese Maker 
    built by Saibara for 20,000G and Adamantine ore, but you'll need to 
    upgrade your Animal Barn first before you're allowed to have this.
    
    In addition to buying cows, you can also impregnate a healthy adult 
    cow with the Cow Miracle Potion.  Your cow will be pregnant for 20 
    days after using the potion on her.  You will not be able to milk her 
    during this time.  Once she gives birth, the newborn calf will take 2 
    weeks before becoming a mid-sized cow, and 1 more week before 
    becoming an adult cow.  Newborn calves are born with at least 1 heart 
    in their affection meter.
    
      Item                Price
      ----                -----
      Milk (S)            100G
      Milk (M)            150G
      Milk (L)            200G
      Milk (G)            300G
      Milk (P)            500G
      Milk (X)            800G
      Cheese (S)          300G
      Cheese (M)          400G
      Cheese (L)          500G
      Cheese (G)          600G
      Cheese (P)          750G
      Cheese (X)          1500G
    
    Cows have a typical life span of 5 years.
    
    Sheep
    *****
    Sheep are also purchased from Yodel Ranch, but for 4000G, and also 
    eat fodder or fresh mature Grass.
    
    Sheep can be used for shearing their wool.  Use the Clippers 
    (purchased from the Blacksmith) to shear their wool.  Sheep will be 
    adults when purchased from Yodel Ranch, so you can shear them 
    immediately.  However, wool is grown back every 7 days.
    
    The same conditions apply for making the quality of the wool better 
    as with Cows.  Sheep also have a separate Sheep Festival that happens 
    during the Fall season.  In order you enter, your Sheep needs to have 
    her wool intact the day before the festival.
    
    Sheep can also be impregnated, but using the Sheep Miracle Potion.  
    Again, your sheep will need to have all her wool in order for her to 
    become pregnant.  The sheep will be pregnant for 20 days after the 
    potion is used.  A pregnant sheep cannot have her wool shorn off.  A 
    newborn lamb will also start off with at least 1 heart and will take 
    2 weeks before she is old enough before you can shear her wool.
    
    A Yarn Maker can be made from Saibara for 20,000G and Adamantine ore.  
    This will greatly increase the value of your wool, but you'll only be 
    able to have the Yarn Maker made once you have upgraded the Animal 
    Barn.
    
      Item                Price
      ----                -----
      Wool (S)            100G
      Wool (M)            400G
      Wool (L)            500G
      Wool (G)            600G
      Wool (P)            1000G
      Wool (X)            2000G
      Yarn (S)            300G
      Yarn (M)            700G
      Yarn (L)            800G
      Yarn (G)            1000G
      Yarn (P)            1500G
      Yarn (X)            4000G
    
    Sheep have a typical life span of 5 years.
    
    Final Note
    ==========
    Cows are the best money makers, when compared to sheep.  You'll want 
    to buy at least one to two sheep, but use the rest of the barn space 
    for cows.
    
    =====================================================================
    
    Guide Summary
    -------------
    As you can see, there are a lot of ways to make money in this game.  
    Here's a small list of what to do as you begin this game.
    
    Spring - First Year
    *******************
    Spend your time foraging for items to sell, as well as growing 4 to 6 
    3x3 crops (one for Turnips, one for Cucumbers, one for Cabbages, and 
    the last one to three is up to you).  Buy a chicken as soon as you 
    can.  (Don't forget to buy chicken feed too, although you may be 
    better off leaving it outside in a fenced area.)  Plant at least 1 to 
    4 3x3 plots of grass to prepare for buying sheep and cows.  If 
    possible, buy a cow (and possibly a sheep) by the end of the season.
    
    It would be wise to start being friendly to Carter, Ellen, and Gotz.  
    Carter loves any size Fish as well as Curry Powder (sold for 50G at 
    the Supermarket).  Ellen loves Mushrooms, Spa-Boiled Eggs, and also 
    enjoys flowers.  Gotz loves Honey and cut Lumber from your Wood Bin.  
    Keeping them happy will reap good rewards and fewer headaches later.
    
    Get a hold of Power Berries ASAP.  They help permanently increase 
    your stamina.  You can get one on your farm by tilling the soil on 
    your farm.  The location is random.  You also get one by throwing 
    offerings to the Harvest Goddess in the pond.  The cheapest things to 
    offer are flowers that you can find in the forest.  A third Power 
    Berry is purchased as a prize in the Horse Race Festival.  There is 
    also a blue Power Berry which helps with fatigue issues.  You get 
    that by throwing 1 cucumber each day, for 10 days, in the lake by 
    Mother's Hill.
    
    Summer - First Year
    *******************
    Hopefully, you have upgraded your Watering can to at least Silver 
    (although Gold and Mystrile is preferred).  You should now be able to 
    manage more 3x3 crops this time.  Make sure to grow some Corn for 
    making feed for your chickens and Pineapples to make a lot of cash.
    
    If you didn't by a cow/sheep by now, do it soon, and buy one or two 
    more by the end of the season..  There are also more things to gather 
    outside your farm that's worth selling.  You may also want to try to 
    get your fourth Power Berry located on the 100th floor of the mine 
    next to the Goddess Pond.
    
    Start making friends with the Harvest Sprites (if you haven't 
    already).  Give them flour, purchased from the Supermarket, to really 
    make their affection rate increase.  Have them help out watering and 
    harvesting crops to prepare them for the busy Fall season.  Don't 
    forget to give them more gifts to keep their affection up.
    
    Plot a few more areas for grass.
    
    Fall - First Year
    *****************
    Focus on planting Sweet Potatoes.  Have at least 12 3x3 crops 
    available for all your Fall crops (mostly with Sweet Potatoes 
    planted).  Time your help with the Harvest Sprites.  Have a couple of 
    them water and the rest harvest.  Remember that once their agreement 
    to help is up, they won't be available for help the next day.
    
    You'll have even more things to collect and ship outside your farm.  
    You may want to also start fishing and playing Frisbee with your dog 
    at the beach.
    
    Make sure that you cut enough grass before Winter arrives.  If you 
    run short, you can always buy more at Yodel Ranch.
    
    Winter - First Year
    *******************
    You won't be able to grow crops this season (and there is no 
    greenhouse or hothouse available in this game either).  Spend your 
    time taking care of your animals, fishing, and mining in the Winter 
    Mine.
    
    You can get up to three more Power Berries this season.  One is 
    directly behind the Winter Mine.  Another one is in the 19th floor of 
    that mine.  The last one can be found at the beach using a Level 5 
    fishing rod in the sea.
    
    Second Year and beyond
    **********************
    Keep being friendly to the Harvest Sprites to have them help on your 
    fields during the non-Winter seasons.  Max out on the number of 
    animals you can have.  (Don't forget upgrades to your Chicken Coop 
    and Animal Barn, as well as having the Makers built by Saibara.)
    
    You can get the last three Power Berries by now.  You can buy another 
    Power Berry, but this time, from the TV Shopping Show for 10,000G.  
    You'll only be able to buy this if you have upgraded your house 
    twice.  The last two Power Berries are awarded for being winners of 
    the Frisbee contest during Beach Day and personally winning with your 
    horse in the Horse Races during the Spring or Fall.
    
    There is also an event that occurs every five years (starting on the 
    fifty year).  During the 10th day of Fall, head to Mother's Hill 
    after 6PM.  You'll encounter a shooting star which will grant you one 
    of three wishes.  One of those wishes allows you to earn twice the 
    normal amount of money for items sold the day after you see the star.  
    Use this opportunity to sell the most expensive items like Mythic 
    Stones, Pirate Treasure, Pink Diamonds, Alexandrite, Fish Fossils, 
    and other things.
    
    =====================================================================
    
    This guide is written by Misael Villegas.  This guide can only be 
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