The game begins with Marie coming and showing you how to repair your farm. She leads you through a series of actions, teaching you the basics of game play. This part is not optional.
Clicking on your Farm House later in the game opes another window with various game related tabs, such as Achievements and Helping Hands.
Once you reach higher levels, your Back Porch Storage, co-op, co-op market and global market will be there. Co-Op and Global markets are only available if you connect and play with others.