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19 Most Profitable Cash Crops in Stardew Valley – All Stardew Valley Best Crops

Stardew Valley cash crops

Stardew Valley best crops or Cash Crops in Stardew Valley are a great way to make quick and easy money. If you are interested in making this type of farming more profitable then there is a small list of things that you will need to know.

 

The first thing you will want to do is find an area of land that will make you farm money. If you are doing this in a large town or city then you might want to go in the direction of a farm. Sure, do not be fooled into thinking that farm crops are only for farming, they are also great for other things as well. This is why it is so popular in the game.

 

You will want to decide on what crops you would like to raise and how many of them you want to raise and plant in different kinds of weather. For example, if you are doing crops in winter you may want to raise crops that grow best in cool weather like the snowberry plant. This will also be good for increasing your level. You will also be able to produce more food during the winter.

 

You can use a fertilizer to make the soil around your farm money producing again. If you choose this option, try to get it from a farmer and buy it from a store or auction house. This will increase the value of the fertilizer, which is a huge advantage.

 

When you farm money, you need to have something to sell off in an auction. If you farm in a farm then that is what you should do with your crops. If you are buying plants and crops then sell them in an auction to get more money.

Stardew Valley Best Crops

It may take some time to master the techniques that make farm money and this is a great way to start to. If you are really interested in making money in the game then you will learn as you go.

 

The best thing about money crops is the fact that they are so simple to take care of. Unlike most of the other things that you have to buy in the game, farming can be done from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to worry about the upkeep cost, you just have to keep on tending to your crops and harvest them.

 

Many people have a hard time making money in the game, this is the same reason why most players struggle at making farm money. There are many things that you must do to be successful in the game but farm money is one of them. Once you have mastered this you can then become a real money maker in this game.

Stardew Valley Best Crops

We have Cash Crops guide that will show you exactly how to make money in this game. It shows you step by step how to start farming, when to plant, how to plant the crops and harvest, how to fertilize, the right time to plant certain crops, and how to sell these crops for a profit. You will learn how to farm without having to buy anything except the materials that you need to make more plants.

 

 

Stardew Valley Best Crops

Spring

Strawberries

650 gold profit per crop.
Obtained during Egg Festival (Spring 13th), but even with the late start, if you plant Strawberries after the Egg Festival ends at 10pm you’ll be able to grow the plant fully in 8 days and get 2 harvests worth out of the plant before Summer 1, netting you a 200 gold profit per seed purchased, still higher than any other freshly planted seeds on the same day as the Egg Festival.

 

Green Beans

240 gold profit per crop.
Green Beans are wonderful for first-year farmers to start making money and they’re a great introduction to Trellis crops. They can be a pain in the butt to plan around, but it’s best to learn early-on! Since they’re also used to unlock the Spring Crops Bundle and a cheap learning opportunity for Trellis planning, I recommend planting a bunch of them.

 

 Rhubarb

175 gold profit per crop.
Purchased from the Oasis shop (requires Desert access), meaning this will not be accessible to any Year 1 player.

 

 Cauliflower

138 gold profit per crop.
With their longer harvest time but high return rate, Cauliflower is still a great staple for your farm considering you need them to unlock your Spring Crops Bundle.

 

Potato

~75 gold profit per crop.
Potatoes are amazing first-year crops. They have a 25% chance to spawn a second potato on harvest and with a growth period of only 6 days you’re able to get 4 harvests completed before Summer 1.


Summer

A brief note about Summer, the “top 5” most profitable crops are inaccessible to Year 1 players, so I’ve extended it to the “Top 6” to be inclusive.

 

Blueberry

668 gold profit per crop.
This is the best multi-harvest crop of the summer without processing and the most profitable crop for Year 1 players. Each harvest of a Blueberry bush has a 100% chance of yielding two additional berries (3 per plant), so even though they only sell for ~62g each, you’ll harvest 12 per plant in a season at only 80g per plant.

 

Starfruit – Stardew Valley Best Crops

537 gold profit per crop.
Purchased from the Oasis shop (requires Desert access), meaning this will not be accessible to any Year 1 player. While Starfruit is the highest raw crop value, it takes a backseat to Hops when processed by a keg.

 

Hops

467 gold profit per crop.
I’ll make a more in-depth post about crop processing in the future, but it should be worth noting that across all seasons and all crops the lowly Hop fermented in a Keg (creating Pale Ale) is the most profitable crop possible. It also has a regrow rate of 1 day, meaning you’ll get new Hops every-other-day for a steady income.

 

Hot Pepper

360 gold profit per crop.
While they have a lower overall profit margin compared to other multi-harvest crops, the Hot Pepper’s three-day regrow rate makes it a great source of consistent income without needing a trellis like Hops, meaning you can plant more in a smaller amount of space.

 

Melon

232 gold profit per crop.
Melons are good and required for the Spring Crops Bundle, so be sure to pick them up.

 

Red Cabbage

225 gold profit per crop.
Purchased from the Oasis shop (requires Desert access), meaning this will not be accessible to any Year 1 player. Worth a hefty amount, be sure to keep one on hand since it is needed for the Dye Bundle on the Bulletin Board.


Fall

Fall is similar to Summer in that, the “top 5” most profitable crops are pretty inaccessible to Year 1 players.

 

Sweet Gem Berry

2,750 profit per crop.
Purchased at Gypsy Wagon for 1,000 gold each, they’re difficult to save up the initial funds for. Be sure to keep one Sweet Gem Berry to give to the Old Master Cannoli statue in the Secret Woods for a Stardrop reward to increase your max energy.

 

Cranberry

693 profit per crop.
Cranberries have a 100% chance of dropping multiple crops on harvest, and they’re worth the most unprocessed out of all Fall crops (I’m considering Sweet Gem Berries a bit of an outlier because of their difficult upfront cost required for purchasing seeds). Hold onto a handful to process with a Preserves Jar during Winter to keep incoming rolling alongside Hops Kegs.

 

Grape

540 profit per crop.
Due to requiring a trellis and their lower profit margin, be sure to plant more Cranberries compared to Grapes if possible, however, Cranberry seeds are four times more expensive, it’s still a good idea to plant Grapes early on.

 

Pumpkin

300 profit per crop.
Keep one on hand because, towards the end of Fall, Carolyn will request a pumpkin to carve into a Jack-o-Lantern for Abigail.

 

Artichoke

170 profit per crop.
An overall weaker plant, it doesn’t have any strong arguments for planting it. There are stronger choices in the Fall for Raw Crop, Preserve Jars, and Kegs. It is not a requirement for any Bundle. No villager “loves” Artichoke. Its sole benefit is that it is an ingredient in some cooking and relatively cheap.


Multi-seasonal crops

There are no crops which grow in Winter, so I also wanted to highlight crops can grow throughout multiple seasons straight.

 

Ancient Fruit

4,698 gold profit per crop. If you are able to plant an Ancient Fruit on Spring 1, it will grow for 28 days, then begin reproducing Ancient Fruits every 7 days for three seasons until Fall 28, giving you 8 total harvests and fat stacks of gold.

 

Coffee Bean

(-1,235) to 1,265 profit per crop. Coffee is a hard crop to calculate the value for. The profit linked at the top of this post will often show Coffee as being a negative profit most of the time. One coffee plant yields 4(+) coffee beans every 2 days, which can then be planted and grown into additional coffee plants. It gets out of hand quickly and you can fill your entire greenhouse with fully grown coffee plants from a single seed in approximately 20 days. Most of the time it’s calculated negatively because the only way to purchase a Coffee Bean is to buy it from the Traveling cart for 2,500g (25% chance) or 100-1000g (1.26% chance). Personally, I get my first Coffee Bean by killing Dust Sprites in the mines (levels 40-79) since they have a ~2% chance of dropping one and they spawn in large numbers. Even if you pay for the first Coffee Bean, their rapid regrowth rate still make it profitable to purchase one, but you’ll need to spread them quickly and process them in a Keg in order to turn a profit.

 

Corn

535 gold profit per crop. Corn is the first multi-seasonal crop most players will encounter. If you plant it on Summer 1 and keep it watered through Fall 28 it is the most profitable multi-season crop you can purchase from Piere.

 

Wheat

273 gold profit per plot. Wheat is multi-seasonal, but since it grows in only 4 days and doesn’t produce replantable seed (meaning you pay for seeds after each harvest), it feels less like a multi-seasonal crop and more like a crop that happens to be an option if you’re low on funds and have some empty tilled space you need to fill at any point during 2/3rds of the harvestable year.

 

Sunflower

(-100) to 100 gold profit per crop. Sunflowers are a surefire way to throw your money in the trash. They have no effect on the type of Honey produced by Bee Hives and have a chance to drop an additional 0-3 Sunflower Seeds upon harvest (an average of 1.5 seeds per harvest). If you take the 1.5 seed average and calculate it into a reduced cost towards future crops, it ends up averaging out to be about zero gold, eventually making a small profit towards the end of the second season if you get lucky with seed drops. The seeds can be processed into Oil, but overall the Sunflower is not worth it as a cash crop.

 

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