Here’s what you have to do in the quests after hiring Joe and how to unlock Foraging (mushrooms and nettles) and starred crops for Joe.
Plant and Harvest Like a Manager
In this quest, you have to plant and harvest a whole field using 100% templates.
If you need help with how to plant with Joe, please read the “How do I plant with Joe” section in THIS article.
Help Rebuild the Library Roof
You have to finish the previous quest before unlocking this one.
Open the quest, then click the green “Continue” button. You will have to donate 30 Oak Lumber and 20 Pine Lumber.
Oak trees give you oak logs and pine trees give you pine logs. You can buy the trees from your Shop > Trees menu.
When you have oak and pine logs, open up your Craft Shack (if you don’t have one, buy it from the Shop > Buildings tab). There, you can make oak and pine lumber from the logs you collected. Once you have all the lumber, click the green “Donate” in the quest menu.
After you answer the Mayor’s phone call, you will have to clear up the debris generated by the tornado. Open up the quest and click the green “Show Me” button to see pieces of trash Joe can pick up.
Get Joe close to a piece of trash by double clicking from spot to spot, then click once on that piece of debris to pick it up. He can’t carry lots of stuff — it depends on how heavy the debris is. Get him close to the trash container, then click on it to throw the debris.
Here’s a video where you can learn how to pick up debris, and how to get to the trash on the other side of the train tracks:
To pick up some pieces of trash at the bottom of the map, you might have to zoom in the map from your Settings (especially if you’re playing in fullscreen mode).
In some cases, you might have to hide your Neighbors bar.
Find the Missing Pages from the Botanical Atlas
In this quest you have to find the 9 pages that are missing from the Botanical Atlas.
Click on the “Show me” button, pick up the plate, then look at when you can start searching for another one. New plates can be found every 20 hours.
One of the Botanical Plates will be in the tunnel. Get Joe close to the tunnel, then double click on the tunnel to enter it. Pick up the plate, then head out 🙂
Just like in the quest where you had to pick up the trash, you might have to hide your Neighbors bar, but also hide your quests by clicking the icon with a small white arrow inside an orange circle. To see your quests again, click the button again.
Now is the time to send Joe to Woodburn University so he can study the plates he found. In this quest, you have to send Joe to study Penny Bun mushrooms.
Hover with your mouse cursor over Joe until you see the bubble menus above his head, then select “Skills”. Look under “Botanical Plates”, click on Penny Bun mushrooms and send Joe to study.
Then, click on his chair and skip the study time for free (this time).
Side note: Continue studying more plates to unlock more mushroom types for Joe to find around the farm, and more recipes.
For the next plates you will have to either wait for Joe to study or skip the wait using RC.
Also, you will unlock more recipes like Creamy Chanterelle Soup.
Here you have to explore the area around your farm and find 10 Penny Bun mushrooms, 12 Chanterelle mushrooms, and 10 Stinging Nettles.
If you haven’t studied the plates for Chanterelle mushrooms or Stinging Nettle, do it like in the quest “Study Time!” from above.
If you need help with how finding and picking up mushrooms (foraging) works and how often mushrooms appear, please check the “Foraging” section towards the end of THIS (click) article.
Remember, you can also open up the quest and click the green “Show Me” button to see if and where you can find more mushrooms and nettles.
Around this time you may notice a letter in your mailbox. It’s from a world renown restaurant called Le Cuizin — they’re looking for a reliable supplier of silver and gold star vegetables and fruits.
Call Jerome Dufour
Just open up the quest and click “Call” to talk with Chef Jerome from Le Cuizin about becoming a supplier of starred crops.
Crops Quality — Silver Star
Side note: To unlock this quest, you first have to study the Silver Plates that Joe previously found after the tornado hit.
To finish the quest “Crops Quality – Silver Star” you have to use Joe and harvesting templates until you find 4 silver star tomatoes, 3 silver star carrots, and 5 silver star onions.
You can plant manually or use Joe, but you have to harvest with Joe as only he can recognize special crops that are up to standards — he did study them after all. 🙂
Fine Dining Supplier
In this quest you just have to deliver the silver starred crops you found for the previous quest. You have 72 hours to deliver the order. Don’t worry if the time runs down, you will get another call from Chef Jerome until you complete the quest.
After you deliver the order with Silver Star crops, you will receive another phone call from Chef Jerome.
In this quest, you have to call the chef again and convince him to give you another shot to become his supplier.
Crops Quality — Gold Star
Side note: To unlock this quest, you first have to study the Gold Plates that Joe previously found after the tornado hit.
To complete the quest, you will have to use Joe and harvesting templates until you find 2 gold star tomatoes, 4 gold star star blueberries, and 5 gold star olives. It might take a while to find all gold star olives, but you’ll get there eventually.
Deliver Gold Crops
Now you only have to deliver the gold starred crops you found for the previous quest. You have 72 hours to deliver the order. Don’t worry if the time runs down, you will get another call from Chef Jerome until you complete the quest.
After you deliver the gold star crops, Chef Jerome will call you again and announce that you’re a reliable supplier.
Orders and recipes asking for starred crops will be implemented soon.