Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a good old mix of the old and the new, and one of the returning elements from previous games is the Stalk Market, where you sell Turnips to turn-up a profit.
While we do detail the Turnip Market in our guide on how to make lots of money fast in Animal Crossing New Horizons, it’s such a major part of the game that it’s well worth going into detail on here on a separate page. Playing the stalk market – which of course is Animal Crossing’s playful take on the stock market – is by far and away the fastest way to make lots and lots of bells – but it also involves a great deal of risk.
On this page, we’ll detail how to buy and sell Turnips, how the whole system works, and what sort of profit you can expect. Let’s get to it…
Turnips in Animal Crossing New Horizons Explained
As we mentioned above, Turnips power the Animal Crossing version of the stock market, the stalk market (Turnips, stalks… turning up a profit – get it?). Like the stock market, the price of turnips fluctuates greatly day-to-day – one day they might be up, one day they might be down massively.
In Animal Crossing New Horizons, Daisy Mae will eventually visit your island once a week, every Sunday. She’ll give you the opportunity to buy Turnips, but with a caveat – Turnips spoil in seven days, so you’ll have to sell them and make your profit before the following Sunday. The following Saturday at 10pm is your last chance to sell them. If you miss the window, the Turnips spoil, and are worthless.
Within this is the game you then have to play: you’ll want to check with Timmy and Tommy every day to check the price of Turnips. Turnip prices generally range from anywhere as low as 50 Bells per Turnip to as high as 200 Bells per Turnip, but in previous Animal Crossing games huge spikes have seen them even get close to 1000 Bells each. If you have a small spike on Monday where you could turn a profit, do you sell your Turnips right away, or hold on to hope the price spikes even higher still?
Turnips can’t be sold on a Sunday, only purchased from Daisy Mae. She also only starts showing up on your island once you’ve built some infrastructure and the Nook’s Cranny shop building.
You aren’t guaranteed to make a profit with Turnips. Just like the stock market, there is an element of this that is entirely out of your control. Both the price you can sell for and the price you can buy for from Daisy Mae vary – so you have to decide how much you want to risk. Remember, too, that you can’t store Turnips in your house ‘storage’ – though you can drop them on the floor inside. Dedicated stalk market traders will probably want to dedicate a whole room to Turnip storage.
How to buy and when to sell Turnips in Animal Crossing New Horizons
While there is no hard or fast rule for Turnips in Animal Crossing New Horizons, we’d say any time you can buy them for under 100 Bells each is a solid investment. There are no guarantees if you’re extremely unlucky, but Turnip prices usually hit at least 100 Bells at some point in the week, meaning if you get Turnips for less than that a profit is likely so long as you pay attention and check the price regularly.
Check the price of Turnips with Timmy and Tommy at Nook’s Cranny daily. The prices definitely change once every day, when the shop opens, but in past games they have also shifted somewhat in the day, at midday. An important note is that Turnips must be sold before closing time on Saturday: you can’t put Turnips into the drop-off box. They can only be sold when the store is actively open.
Ultimately, only you can decide when the right time to cash in your Turnips is, but we do have one key piece of advice: don’t let your Turnips go rotten. If you reach the following Sunday and haven’t sold them, they’re literally completely worthless – they’re not worth a penny. Selling on Saturday afternoon for a poor price and turning a loss is better than losing everything – so make sure you sell.