How to get food in Manor Lords and stock up for winter

How to get Manor Lords food
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Getting food in Manor Lords is a priority when growing your town and important to build population approval in your new settlement. Just like knowing how to get fuel in Manor Lords, being able to produce food is crucial to survive generally, especially the winter, and to grow and progress.

Wintertime is when you'll be most aware of the need for food as they supplies dwindle due to the reduced opportunities to replenish your stocks. To prevent this happening, my Manor Lords food guide will cover foraging, hunting and all the basics you need to keeping your townsfolk feed. I've also got some more general tips and tricks for Manor Lords to help with all the other early issues you might hit.

How to get food in Manor Lords

Manor lords food production

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Your main food sources in Manor Lords are meat, berries, backyard extension goods like eggs or vegetables, and bread. For the best start you want to find an animal habitat and berry deposit on your map and, in the Gathering menu, choose the Hunting Camp for the animals and Forager's Hut for the berries. You'll then need to assign at least one person to each to actively go and gather each food type.  

The default Manor Lords scenario settings should start the game during Spring, meaning berries will be plentiful initially but be aware that this resource dwindles to nothing during winter. Be sure, as well, to adjust the population limit at the Hunting Camp to ensure you don't hunt animals to extinction. Vegetables are another important Manor Lords food source. Any level 1 Burgage plot with a large enough backyard can add a vegetable garden as an extension, or a chicken coop to grant a passive yield of eggs. 

Hunting, foraging and burgage farming will give you a strong diversity of food built so make sure you build the appropriate storage buildings to build up stores and assign people to run them. That will build up food reserves for tougher times and, if there's plenty to go around, that means a higher approval rating and a better chance of newcomers being attracted to join your settlement.

Bread is also a very valuable resource but will take a few extra steps. The pay off, however, is that a single wheat harvest is enough to set you up for the rest of the year. To make bread in Manor Lords you need to first grow and harvest wheat in one of a fields by assigning a few people to a Farmhouse. Then, build a Windmill in a distant clearing for good wind, that still has decent road access, and assign one of your idle Manor Lords people there to refine the wheat into flour. The last step is to build a Communal Oven and assign someone else to bake the flour into bread.

If you've been building enough Manor Lords regional wealth to set up Trade Routes in Manor Lords you can also set up routes for things like bread, grain, meat etc and then set the options to 'import' only. You'll use up your cash buying food in but it can get you through tough patches.

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Jasmine Gould-Wilson
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Jasmine is a staff writer at GamesRadar+. Raised in Hong Kong and having graduated with an English Literature degree from Queen Mary, University of London in 2017, her passion for entertainment writing has taken her from reviewing underground concerts to blogging about the intersection between horror movies and browser games. Having made the career jump from TV broadcast operations to video games journalism during the pandemic, she cut her teeth as a freelance writer with TheGamer, Gamezo, and Tech Radar Gaming before accepting a full-time role here at GamesRadar. Whether Jasmine is researching the latest in gaming litigation for a news piece, writing how-to guides for The Sims 4, or extolling the necessity of a Resident Evil: CODE Veronica remake, you'll probably find her listening to metalcore at the same time.

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