Update: Back in August, Hellmann's made great use of Animal Crossing: New Horizons by inviting players to 'donate' their spoiled turnips. For each turnip donated to the Hellmann's island, real-life meals were donated to Canadian food rescue charity, Second Harvest. You can read all about it in our original article below.
Now, though, Hellmann's is back with another chance to donate your in-game turnips to a good cause. Next week, the Hellmann's island will open up once more from 14th to 18th December between 2pm and 10pm GMT. Players can DM @HellmannsUK on Twitter each tour day starting at 2pm GMT to secure a time slot and receive a dodo code.
From there, simply head on over to the island and donate your spoiled turnips. For every spoiled turnip given, Hellmann's will donate a real meal to FareShare, right up until 50,000 meals have been given in total. Amazing stuff!
Original Article (Thu 13th Aug, 2020 11:15 BST): One of the more exciting - and stressful - features of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ‘Stalk Market’, where players can buy turnips on a Sunday morning to hopefully sell them for a profit throughout the following week. As experienced players will know, keeping hold of turnips for longer than a week causes them to spoil, meaning you'll have lost your original deposit and be left with a whole bunch of ruined vegetables.
Usually, that would be the end of that, but throughout next week, players will actually be able to use any spoiled turnips they have to help a good cause. The Canadian arm of Hellmann's - yes, the mayonnaise company - has created its very own New Horizons island and will allow players to visit, explore its attractions, and drop off their spoiled turnips.
In exchange for these spoiled turnips, Hellmann’s will donate to Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity, to help provide 25,000 meals in total for vulnerable communities across the country. We have a full rundown of how it'll work and some snaps of the island below:
- Hellmann’s Island will be open to visitors from 3:00 p.m. EST on Monday, August 17, to 12.15 a.m. EST on Saturday, August 22.
- To access the island, gamers will direct message Hellmann’s Canada on Twitter @HellmannsCanada to receive their personal dodo code which will be shared on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Selected visitors will be provided with a 15-minute timeslot to drop off their spoiled turnips. For each spoiled turnip dropped off, Hellmann’s will donate a meal to Second Harvest until the 25,000 meal target is achieved.
- After dropping off their spoiled turnips, guests will have the opportunity to explore the rest of the attractions on Hellmann’s Island including:
- Hellmann’s Farm – visitors can take a peaceful stroll through the picturesque canola fields or catch a glimpse of other Hellmann’s ingredients, including freshly laid eggs from free-run hens and barrels of vinegar.
- Second Harvest Outdoor Kitchen – here, guests can relax and unwind by a waterfall with a healthy sandwich and fresh produce prepared by Second Harvest.
- Able Sisters Merch Shop – fun merchandise can be downloaded at the local store, including items such as Hellmann’s-inspired dresses, t-shirts and jackets.
- Resident Services – guests can stop by to check out the bulletin board for more tips on how to be creative and make the most of what’s in their fridge and reduce food waste.
- Ribbon Island – if they’re feeling adventurous, guests can pole vault over to an island shaped like Hellmann’s iconic ribbon for a quick photo opp.
We hope you find success on the Stalk Market this week, but if you don't - or if you'd like to get in on the action and help those in need - this sounds like a fun way to pass on your ruined turnips and provide to a good cause.
So are they counting turnips shown on the ground, or each individual spoiled turnip that a stack represents?
A turnip on the ground can actually represent 100 turnips. A full inventory can hold 4,000 turnips.
So it would only take seven visitors to donate 25,000 rotten turnips.
Edit: There's another issue with the campaign.
If you're running the campaign from Monday 17th August to Saturday 22nd August, the only people who can donate rotten turnips are those who bought them Sunday 9th of August and didn't sell them this week, when they'll go rotten on Sunday 16th August.
Unless of course, you time travel.
The campaign is asking people to forsake their investment on turnips, sort of.
I didn't play stalk market on ACNH.
I didn't even buy any Turnip from Daisy Mae.
I did TimeTravel all the time to regrow my Non native fruits.
Easier and no rotten fruits founded.
@RupeeClock I think that's the idea, and why they set the bar that low rather than going to 50k, or even 1 mill. Because it definitely wouldn't take long for those numbers to be hit.
The Stalk market was one of the things that I feel killed my enjoyment of the game. It got to a point where I realised the only thing I was doing was booting up the game, checking prices, selling if good enough, and then exiting the game. I know the major appeal is supposed to be the "collectathon" side of it, but I just could not be bothered.
The stalk market becomes highly irrelevant after you've earned ten million bells through it.
There's nothing to spent that much money on within the game, unless you're exchanging that money with other players for a meta-market like villagers or NMT.
@RupeeClock That's the problem for me though. I now have all these bells, and nothing to spend them on (house is already fully expanded), and I cannot be bothered to decorate the house or go catching bugs, or go fishing or excavate fossils as that bores me. And regarding buying villagers, I don't particularly care for any of them; they all annoy me equally. Even Isabelle says practically the same thing every single time you boot up for the first time that day ("did you catch that TV show, oh silly me, i probably shouldn't be talking about that").
I am not saying the game is bad per se, I am just saying that it cannot hold my attention.
@RupeeClock For now... I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo doesn't let us expand our side and back rooms in our house in the future. So I will keep hold of my Bells.
I will try and say this without offense but you once again seem to miss the entire premise of the article. This is about creating (a perhaps some what artificial) demand for rotted tubers, in order to contribute. Obviously if you do have a method which supersedes the risk factor of turnips that's fine.
Time travel is very much a manipulation of the game's core premise but separate discussion, and I digress.
Canada has vulnerable communities?
What, some group of moose in Newfoundland couldn't find enough maple syrup for dinner?
It's all a marketing ploy. If they actually wanted to donate to a cause, they'd just do it and not say a thing. Gotta work on that brand recognition!
@MS7000 start a second villager. Make their house a restaurant or club or something.
It's a trick! They're just going to feed the indigent buckets of mayonnaise!
That's not a real meal, @Hellmann's, even if it is 25,000 buckets.
@TheBigK This event does seem slightly contrived, true, but providing free meals does cost money/resources/labour/willingness and with more money (ie, capital) they can provide more free meals and provide them more often. The people giving them money also get a (hopefully) good and high-quality product of their choice in return, so everybody can win.
@TheBigK I'd suspect any company who wanted to would also tell everyone because it's kind of free publicity. For example if you wanted to donate to charity and there was a stall that said show us your donation receipt and we'll boost your business, you'd take it right? Because it's like a free bonus, likewise purely donating for this "free bonus" would be beneficial for both parties as well because it's an incentive to donate.
It's just business. It's how it works. Just let them do a nice thing and receive their publicity.
@TheBigK it works both ways really. Yeah obviously they get brand recognition and good PR from it, but so does the charity. If they just silently donated a bunch of money or meals or whatever that's obviously a great thing to do, but it's arguable that by making it a public facing thing it can do more good are it raises awareness as well and get people involved. Also if the sponsor's name is big enough it can help legitamise the charity for people. But again that can work both ways.
@RupeeClock I don't play this game but figured this, too. I don't think asking for some virtual turnips is too unreasonable but it's relying on people not having sold them already and bought them within a small time frame.
Soon you’ll be able to donate the bottoms of muffins to local food pantries as well. Finally, “Top of the muffin to you” will come back in vogue.
Yeah, I didn't buy any this week. Announcing this before last Sunday would have been better.
I should get back into the stalk market though, I still have three houses to finish.
I... didn’t know Hellman’s wasn’t in the US. I don’t like mayo though...
Best use of spoiled turnips.
Catching ants during Flicks bug-offs to get the most points in 3 minutes. You can usually double dip.
First KFC and now this?
@MS7000 I stopped buying turnips the week I found out there is a pattern where prices ONLY go down. Up until then I thought prices were random. I'm not playing a rigged game.
I was also bored like you a couple of weeks ago, decided to redo my island, which was all the cheapest incline and bridges, all trees and flowers, so now I'm destroying, moving, selling, upgrading, pretty much everything. ACNH 2.0.
Not for everyone, but as long as I live in a pandemic world I need my escape.
Well, looks like I'll be buying all the turnips I can get my grubby hands on!
@JHDK Just like the US, yes, Canada has poor and rich people alike. How did you not know that?
@BabyYoshi12 Hellman's is also sold in the US...
@rjejr The market in New Leaf was the same. It's the game's risk/reward system, it wouldn't make sense if there wasn't a 'bad run' pattern.
@Anti-Matter SPOILER - If you want to complete your insect collection you have to buy at least a turnip and time travel once. Turnips appear to be the only food that rots which when left on the ground will have ants that you can catch.
@MeowMeowKins You're familiar with the concept of a joke, right?
I mentioned before how my turnip prices have always been and continue to be abysmal. They're constantly hovering anywhere between 60-95, with only handful of times going above the larger end of that range. So I was ready to quit the Stalk Market completely. Then I decided to try Turnip Exchange and lo and behold, I was finally able to make some profit with turnips, pay off my house entirely and bank a bit. Now, my goal is to try and turn more profits to pay off my daughter's houses and then keep some saved so when I do island remodeling or redecorating
@MS7000 if you're not interested in decorating, fishing, bug catching, fossils or village life it's kinda understandable that the game isn't holding your attention...those things pretty much are the game!
That would be like saying you got bored of Minecraft because you don't like surviving or building or exploring.
Once turnips rot, I don't think there's any way to tell anymore how many were in the stack, be it 10 or 100.
Charitable thing would be to take each one as 10, as each item definitely was at least 10... but with no mention, maybe they're just taking each item as 1.
@MS7000 Sounds like you need a different game. Every game appeals to different people.
@Nico07 You don't have to time travel, just wait until the next Sunday.
@JHDK yes I am. Problem is, they tend to be funny.
@MeowMeowKins No, you needed to have bought them last Sunday or before. If you buy them this coming Sunday they won't have spoilt for this promotion.
@georgesdandre aww...well I'm gonna time travel then
@rjejr Do you mean one of many patterns? Because I've seen patterns where the prices gradually go up as the week goes on. And I've seen patterns where they go down. And then I see patterns where there is it is random. Like this week. My turnip prices started at around 92 on Monday. Went down to the 60s on Tuesday. Hovered around 70 yesterday. Right now, they are at a (surprising for my island) 168.
I like a little mayo on my BLT, thank you.
Shame that the only way of contacting them is through Twitter. But he some companies just love being ignorant I guess.
Wow, kind of crappy for them to announce this when most people have already sold their turnips for this week, and it ends too early for people to let their turnips spoil. I was excited to help out and drop a ton of bells on turnips to let spoil this week.
@HobbitGamer Whether it makes sense or not I can't say for sure, but I was into playing it when I thought it was random. Well not entirely random, I expected there to be a range, and whole integers only, and maybe a % assigned to each number like the NBA lottery picks. Low of say 40, high of 140 or whatever, with maybe a 1% chance of it being 600, 1.5% chance 400, 5% chance of 110, 2% chance of all the other numbers between 40 and 140. So basically a random number generator with a fixed ranged and %. I'm guessing modern day electronic slot machines work in a similar way. Or at least they are supposed to. Having a pattern, good or bad, made me lose interest, the system was TOO rigged.
@UmbreonsPapa I just wrote a long reply above this one, but TLDR, I don't like that there are FIXED patterns, I think the prices should be fairly equally random w/ a few % modifications for really high and low prices.
Guess their still in early stage of development, probably in stage one where sketches and storyline is done, and has to be rolled out to the team.
Well this stage is very important to get the team together with a meeting and devide the tasks,
To get in one line with eachother.
@Anti-Matter time travel cheaters are always so proud of themselves xD It's like they need approval...
I am not a cheater.
I am a Cheetah.
@Anti-Matter Did you know many cheetahs litters have multiple fathers? They are actually cheaters.
My immediate thoughts were "does this violate Nintendo's new Animal Crossing: New Horizons Usage Guidelines For Businesses And Organisations?"
But reading through them, it doesn't look like it.
There's the bit that says "Please do not leverage the Game as a marketing platform that directs people to activities or campaigns outside the game", but just asking people to dump items and pledge to make charitable donations based on player participation, that is probably fine.
This all seems to be on the up and up!
What they should do is stacks of turnips so even if you have 100 turnips on the ground then it only counts as 1 meal tho people could just drop 1 turnip. This is a great thing for charity
Why are they saying, If u donate turnips we donate food!' Just donate food without forcing people to feel bad and come to your island! How hard is that?!?!?
@Nico07 I have not time traveled once and all I am missing is the dung beetle (gotta wait for snow to hit the ground) so HAVING to time travel is false. You can get rotten turnips WITHOUT even time traveling. Just have to wait a week in real life after buying turnips for them to spoil/rot.
Well here's the scenario.
Helmann's announced a charity event today, which will be held Monday 14th December to Friday 18th December.
To be in possession of spoiled turnips by that time, you need to have purchased turnips on Sunday 6th December, then allow them to spoil on Sunday 13th December.
It's the same notice period problem I raised when this article was originally published.
Some players might keep spoiled turnips for the sake of ants though.
@MakkaroniOni Extract them from the game to make more mayo. Xantham Gum is a necessary ingredient!
Okay, first of all- a joke isn't funny if people are offended by it
And second, you know that Canada has vulnerable families and people just like the rest of the entire earth-
@Soapyy72 Ever hear of Eddie Murphy or Chappelle or Carlin? Tell them Jokes aren't funny if someone is offended.
@MakkaroniOni The mold is used to make mayo, basically haha Maybe that's why they want the turnips. Not sure why they would want to point to that fact, though.
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