How to Access the Secret Mushroom Garden in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
How to Access the Secret Mushroom Garden in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

To access Pastor Carter’s secret garden, you must first befriend him. He likes simple gifts, which makes befriending him easy enough. When he allows you to enter the garden, you can come back here anytime and harvest any growing mushroom you can find.

Gifts for Pastor Carter

Giving Pastor Carter some gifts to increase his affection | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Giving Pastor Carter some gifts to increase his affection
Love
Baked Corn, Cheese, Curry Powder, Eggs, Fish (any size), Fish Sticks, Flour, Mayonnaise, Milk, Oil, Stew, Rice Cakes, Wine
Like
Apple, Chirashi Sushi, Chocolate Cookies, Chocolate Cake, Corn, Cookies, Cucumber, Eggplant, Green Pepper, HMSGB Apple, Hot Milk, Honey, Miso Soup, Pizza, Pineapple, Rice Ball, SUGDW Apple, Tomato, Sweet Potato

The easiest way to raise Pastor Carter’s affection is to give him oil or flour. These items are just 50G each and you can give him a lot of gifts in a single day. For best results, you can even wrap your gifts in wrapping paper at the Supermarket.

Unlike the marriage candidates in the game, other characters do not display their affection level when you talk to them. Because of this, you’ll never know if a character is friendly enough or not. For Carter, give him gifts until he gives you the recipe for Strawberry Milk.

Carter’s Secret Mushroom Garden

Pastor Carter is nowhere to be found | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Pastor Carter is nowhere to be found

Go to the church after 6:00 PM during fall to trigger this cutscene. After you enter the church,  you’ll notice that Pastor Carter is nowhere to be found inside the church. Seeing an unlocked door beside the organ, you decide to enter it.

Location of the door to the secret area | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Location of the door to the secret area

You will find Pastor Carter behind the church, and your sudden appearance will surprise him. He confesses that he loves mushrooms and grows them behind the church.

He then asks you to keep this area a secret, and in return, he will leave the door unlocked for you so you can access the garden anytime.

Pastor Carter sneaks behind the church to find mushrooms | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Pastor Carter sneaks behind the church to find mushrooms

Tip: If the cutscene does not trigger, it means you’re not friends enough with Carter. Give him more gifts to increase his affection.

Benefits of the Mushroom Garden

Location of a truffle, a rare and expensive type of mushroom | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Location of a truffle, a rare and expensive type of mushroom

Mushrooms only grow during fall, and you can gain additional gold by gathering them every day. This place is also one area where you can find truffles. Truffles make a splendid gift for some girls like Karen and Mary.

You can harvest these every day during fall and gain some gold:

  • 2x truffle = 1000G
  • 1x regular mushroom = 70G
  • 1x poisonous mushroom = 100G
  • 1x white grass (winter only) = 150G