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Staxel Reporter – Issue #19: Turning a Profit & Ranch Furniture Set

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #19

Hey everyone, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we talk about turning a profit on your farm & the new Ranch Furniture Set!


Farm Profit

Let’s talk a bit about selling your produce in Staxel, after all, the only thing better than sharing the tasty goods you produce on the farm with your friends, is making some money on the side. Before we get into it just be aware that we’ll only be talking about money you can make from farming in this section, not any other activities that you would be able to profit from.

Crops

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This is the obvious place to start. Growing crops undoubtedly takes the longest amount of time before you see a return on your investment, but it will certainly be worth the wait. Crops will more than likely be the main focus on your farm, considering the amount of work you’ll be putting into them! But this isn’t a bad thing. After ploughing, planting, raising and harvesting there’s nothing as satisfying as than seeing all that love and care reflected in their monetary value.

Out of all the possible money-making avenues on the farm, growing crops requires the most planning. You’ll have to make sure you plant your seed in the right season (and make sure you’re not planting them too late!). You’ll have to decide if you’re going to fertilise your crops or not, while this increases the value of the end product keep in mind that fertiliser costs money, and so does keeping animals if you’re thinking of making your own.
Lastly, don’t go getting ideas about creating a turnip kingdom and retiring within a year. Remember, the rules of “supply and demand” exist here, if you grow too much of a certain vegetable, people aren’t going to want to pay so much for it after a while, offer a little variety and your customers will be happy to pay up!

Fruit Trees

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This will be one of the easiest ways to make a profit on the farm. Once fruit trees are established, they really don’t need much looking after. That’s not to say you should leave them to their new-found independence, after all they’re still living under your roof! Collecting and selling fruit is really just as simple as it sounds, once you’ve picked all the fruit you’ll be happy to know that they will eventually grow back, so don’t just leave them on the tree because it looks good!

Fruit isn’t just restricted to apples and oranges, you can plant any type of fruit you find while out exploring and grow your own varieties right here on the farm. This applies to bushes too, remember to pick a few berries while you’re out and about, if nothing else you’ll have easy access to recipe ingredients instead of hunting around for that blackberry bush you think you saw once.

Animals

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Keeping livestock on the farm will bring you more than just company, if you care for them properly you’ll find out that there’s quite a bit of money to be made when it’s done right.

Each animal supplies you with it’s own type of produce. The three main types from the animals we’re currently working on are:

  • Cows – provide milk
  • Chickens – provide eggs
  • Sheep – provide wool

These all fetch quite a nice sum of money when you come to sell them, but as you’ll expect you could also use these items to process into something else, possibly selling for more! So experiment a little, sometimes the quickest buck isn’t always the best buck…. buck, buck.

In the end, with animals it all boils down to how well you look after them. If you don’t give them proper attention or keep forgetting to feed them you could end up worse off than when you started.

 

Processed goods

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The clue is in the name, and although we haven’t completely decided on which items will be considered “processed goods”, they will generally be food items that have been prepared and packaged for storage on the store shelf, or useful items crafted from other produce on the farm.

Mixed some summer berries up for a delicious, fresh jar of jam? That’s a processed food. Spun a ball of yarn from your sheep’s wool? That’s a processed item too. Of course, hand-crafted treats like these don’t come cheap. You need to be compensated for your time and expertise after all, so in most cases you can expect to get a better price for processed goods than you would by selling the ingredients individually, just make sure the time you put into preparing them doesn’t interfere with tending to your crops and animals, or else you could end up losing money in the long run.

And there we have it. You should have a better idea about making some money on the farm, and although it might sound like a lot of hard work, just take it one step at a time and you’ll be fine. If you have any questions or suggestions then be sure to drop by the forums or the Discord! There’s always someone around who’ll be able to help you out.


Ranch Furniture Set

We’d like to introduce the Ranch Furniture Set! Perfect to pick up for any home, cottage or farmhouse, if it doesn’t have it already!
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The Ranch Furniture Set includes the following:
  • Ranch Armchair
  • Ranch COffee Table
  • Ranch Double Bed
  • Ranch Dresser
  • Ranch Lamp
  • Ranch Loveseat
  • Ranch Side Table
  • Ranch Single Bed
  • Ranch Table
  • Ranch Wardrobe

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Ahh, you can still smell the sawdust. Can’t you picture it? Coming in after a hard day’s work in the pouring rain, having a hot meal at the solid oak table. Finish the day with a bit reading on the couch and off to bed which, by the way, has a hand made quilt. We found it in the cupboard, nice isn’t it?

To sum up, if you want your home to feel extra cosey and homely, the Ranch Furniture Set might be for you!


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

Thanks for reading!

EGadd

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