Each season has a variety of offerings for the player, but Fall takes the cake for the overall most profitable season, followed by Summer and Spring. While the 1.5 update is out, not much has changed in the way of making money, as most of the new crops are exclusive to the endgame of Ginger Island.
Strawberries are easily the most profitable crop in Spring, but with a hitch: the player can’t buy Strawberry seeds until Spring 13 at the Egg Festival. Save up some money with parsnips in Year 1 to buy a few of these $100-apiece seeds, and remember to sell the night before the festival to maximize yield.
If planted the day of the egg festival, strawberries will have 2 yields before Summer. If the player keeps ahold of their Strawberry seeds and waits to plant them until Year 2, they will have five yields – a massive profit increase that rewards the player’s patience.
Rhubarb is only available via the Desert Bus, which is unlocked upon completing the Vault bundle in the Community Center. In the southwest section of the desert, players will find a shop that sells a variety of specialty goods and seeds.
Rhubarb sells for $220, more than twice its purchasing price at $100. It takes 13 days to mature, though, so make sure to hop on the Desert Bus on Spring 1 and plant these crops before the next day for maximum yield.
Coffee might not seem like a profitable crop at first glance. The beans are a 1% drop from Dust Sprites in the Mines and can be bought from the Travelling Cart for anywhere from $100 to $2500 (!). A Seed Maker makes finding coffee beans much easier, and when harvested every two days they have a chance to drop multiple coffee beans.
While they don’t sell for much on their own, a stack of five can be turned into coffee in a keg, which can then be turned into Triple Shot Espresso for a tidy $450 boost. Plus, it can be harvested through Spring and Summer, which helps reduce energy spent replanting crops constantly.
Starfruit is, in some ways, an iconic fruit in Stardew Valley. It sells for a massive $750, twice its buying price of $400 from the Oasis Shop, which must be unlocked by completing the Vault Community Center bundle.
Starfruit is a lucrative crop on its own, with incredible bonuses for a high-quality harvest, but it really becomes ridiculously profitable when turned into Artisan products. Starfruit Jelly, for example, sells for $1550, and Starfruit Wine can sell anywhere from $2250 to $6,300.
Blueberries are a crop that only grows in the summer, costs $80 per seed, and will drop three blueberries worth $80 every four days once the plant matures. Blueberries are a crop that the farmer won’t have to plant over and over again, making it a sustainable option for players who want to explore more of the game.
If planted the first day of the season, the profit skyrockets because of the extra harvesting time. These are great for artisan products or on their own, and a must-have for any Summer farmer looking for easy money.
5Red Cabbage (Summer)
Red Cabbage is a Year 2 exclusive plant (the player cannot find them anywhere in Year 1 except for the Travelling Cart) that sells for way more than twice the buying price. Pierre’s General Store sells these for $100 a pop, but they sell for $260 at harvest.
If planted at the beginning of Summer the player can get a neat 3 harvests from one field dedicated to Red Cabbage. It does not re-grow automatically, though, so be sure to prepare ahead of time with backup seeds.
Aside from Sweet Gem Berries and Ancient Fruit – both rare crops not available at Pierre’s – Cranberries are the most profitable crop in the game bar none. Seeds are $240 each, it takes seven days to mature, and produces two seeds every five days that sell for $130 each. Like Blueberries, Cranberries don’t need to be replanted and produce all season long.
These are an excellent crop to keep in storage for the long winter – keep the star-quality crops in a chest for a reliable Winter source of income through Wine and Jelly.
Pumpkins are a crop that, similar to Red Cabbage, sells for a huge amount more than its initial price. While seeds only cost $100 each, a pumpkin sells for $320, and they have a chance to become a giant crop.
Some crops in Stardew Valley have the chance to become giant if the same crop is planted in a 3×3 grid. So, if the player has a 9×9 field, there will be nine opportunities for the pumpkins to become gigantic in each 3×3 square. This chance becomes even greater as the size of the field increases.
2Sweet Gem Berry (Fall)
Sweet Gem Berries are not a conventional, pop-round-to-Pierre’s kind of crop. Grown from Rare Seeds, which are only obtainable from the Travelling Cart or a Seed Maker, this crop sells for a steep $3000. The seeds cost anywhere from $600 to $1000 each, and the Travelling Cart only sells them up to five at a time, depending on the day.
In Spring and Summer, the Travelling Cart will always have a few for sale on Fridays and Sundays, so be sure to keep track of the day of the week and stock up throughout the seasons. Keep in mind, though, these can’t be stored for Jelly or Wine, and are best sold or turned into more seeds.
1Ancient Fruit (Year-Round)
Ancient Fruit, grown from Ancient Seeds, is perhaps the rarest and the most valuable crop in the game. It can only be obtained as a rare drop from enemies, a rare drop from digging, and with the Seed Maker. The Ancient Fruit nudges out the Sweet Gem Berry as the most valuable crop in Stardew Valley because it doesn’t need to be replanted, and grows through all three seasons in a greenhouse.
While it’s anything but a full season to develop, if the player sows an Ancient Seed on the first of Spring, the remainder of the year will yield one reap each week. At the point when a standard quality Ancient Fruit sells for $550, this turns out to be a massively beneficial activity, particularly on the grounds that the player spends nothing on the seeds to begin with.