Stardew Valley is a game that rewards patience and the ability to take things slowly, but it may be difficult to determine which crops are worth the time and effort to cultivate without the assistance of an experienced player. There are no two crops that are same in Stardew Valley, and some of the finest crops in Stardew Valley yield a considerably higher profit than others.
Each season provides a unique set of opportunities for the player, although the Fall season is the most lucrative overall, followed by the Summer and the Spring. While the 1.5 update has been released, nothing has changed in terms of earning money, since the majority of the most lucrative crops Stardew has to offer are only available at the endgame of Ginger Island, where most of the most profitable crops are found.
10. Strawberries (Spring)
Spring’s most lucrative crop, strawberries, is also one of the most difficult to cultivate. However, the player cannot purchase Strawberry seeds until Spring 13, when the Egg Festival is held. Save some money from your parsnip harvest in Year 1 to purchase a handful of these $100-per-seed seeds, and remember to sell them the night before the festival for the best possible yield.
Strawberry plants that are planted on the day of the egg festival will produce two harvests before the end of the season. Keeping hold to their Strawberry seeds and waiting until Year 2 to plant them will result in five harvests, making it one of the most productive crops available in Stardew Valley.
9. Rhubarb (Spring)
Rhubarb can only be obtained via the Desert Bus, which can only be obtained by completing the Vault package at the Community Center and unlocking it. In the southwest part of the desert, players will discover a store that offers a range of specialized items and seeds, including cacti and succulents.
Rhubarb sells for $220, which is more than double the $100 price at which it was purchased. However, it takes 13 days for these crops to develop, so be sure to board the Desert Bus on Spring 1 and plant these crops before the following day to get the most possible harvest.
8. Coffee (Spring/Summer)
At first sight, coffee may not seem to be a very lucrative crop. This 1 percent drop from Dust Sprites in the Mine may be obtained by purchasing beans from the Traveling Cart for anywhere between $100 and $2500 (!). A Seed Maker makes it much simpler to locate coffee beans, and when they are collected every two days, they have a chance to drop a large number of coffee beans.
However, a stack of five of them may be converted into coffee in a keg, which can then be turned into Triple Shot Espresso for a tidy $450 increase in value after being processed. Furthermore, it may be collected throughout the Spring and Summer, which helps to minimize the amount of energy needed replanting crops on a regular basis.
7. Starfruit (Summer)
In many ways, starfruit is the most recognizable crop in Stardew Valley. It sells for a whopping $750, more than double the $400 it cost to purchase it from the Oasis Shop, which can only be accessed after completing the Vault Community Center package.
In and of itself, starfruit is a valuable crop, with great benefits for a high-quality harvest, but when transformed into Artisan goods, it becomes insanely profitable. Starfruit Jelly, for example, may be purchased for $1550, while Starfruit Wine can be purchased for anywhere between $2250 and $6,300.
6. Blueberries (Summer)
Blueberries are a seasonal crop that develops only in the summer and costs $80 per seed. Once the plant reaches maturity, it will produce three blueberries for $80 every four days. Farmers will not have to plant blueberries over and over again, making them a more sustainable choice for those who wish to explore more of the game’s features.
Because of the additional harvesting period available if the crop is planted on the first day of the season, the profit increases dramatically. As these crops don’t need replanting, they’re among the most lucrative crops available in Stardew Valley for artisan goods or for consumption on their own. As such, they’re a must-have for any Summer farmer seeking for quick cash.
5. Red Cabbage (Summer)
Red Cabbage is a Year 2 unique plant (the player will not be able to get them anyplace else in Year 1 save for the Traveling Cart) that sells for more than double the amount of what it cost to purchase it in Year 1. These are available for purchase at Pierre’s General Store for $100 each, but they sell for $260 upon harvest, making them one of the most profitable crops in Stardew Valley.
If Red Cabbage is planted at the beginning of Summer, the player will be able to collect three harvests from a single field devoted to the vegetable. Due to the fact that the plant does not re-grow on its own, it is important to prepare ahead of time with backup seeds.
4. Cranberries (Fall)
With the exception of Sweet Gem Berries and Ancient Fruit, which are both highly sought-after but difficult to come by at Pierre’s, cranberries are by far the most lucrative crop in the game. A packet of seeds costs $240 each packet, and it matures in seven days. It produces two seeds every five days, which sell for $130 apiece. Cranberries, like blueberries, do not need replanting and continue to produce throughout the season.
Wine and Jelly production are great sources of revenue throughout the long winter months. Keep the best harvests in a chest for a dependable source of income during the winter months.
3. Pumpkin (Fall)
Pumpkins are a crop that, like Red Cabbage, sells for a significant premium over its original purchase price. While pumpkin seeds are just $100 apiece, a pumpkin sells for $320, and they have the potential to grow into a massive harvest. When it comes to the finest crops in Stardew Valley, it’s impossible to top a big pumpkin in terms of yield each season.
Depending on how many times the same crop is planted in a 3×3 grid in Stardew Valley, certain crops have the potential to grow into giants. To put it another way, if the player has a 9×9 field, each 3×3 square will have nine chances for the pumpkins to grow into colossal proportions. Because of the increased area of the field, this possibility becomes much more likely.
2. Sweet Gem Berry (Fall)
Sweet Gem Berries are not the kind of produce that you would expect to see at your local farmer’s market. This crop, which is grown from Rare Seeds that can only be obtained via the Traveling Cart or a Seed Maker, sells for a hefty $3000 when it is harvested. It is possible that the seeds may cost anywhere from $600 to $1000 per pound, and the Traveling Cart will only sell up to five at a time, depending on the day.
If you visit the Traveling Cart on Fridays or Sundays throughout the spring and summer, you will always find a few items on sale, so be sure to keep a close eye on the calendar and stock up on supplies throughout the seasons. Take note, however, that they cannot be kept for use in Jelly or Wine, and are best used for selling or turning into additional seeds.
1. Ancient Fruit (Year-Round)
A rare and precious crop, Ancient Fruit (produced from Ancient Seeds) is one of the most difficult to come by and cultivate in the game. There are three ways to acquire it: as a rare drop from opponents, as a rare drop through digging, and via use of the Seed Maker. The Ancient Fruit has surpassed the Sweet Gem Berry as the most expensive crop in Stardew Valley, owing to the fact that it does not need replanting and can be grown throughout the year inside in a greenhouse.
While it takes a whole season for an Ancient Seed to develop, if a player plants one on the first of Spring, the remainder of the year will produce one harvest per week until the end of the year. With the average grade Ancient Fruit selling for $550, this turns into a hugely lucrative business, particularly considering that the player doesn’t have to spend any money on the seeds to begin with.