All the tips and tricks you need to grow the best crops and make the most cash in Stardew Valley.
These Stardew Valley tips will help no end with a game jam-packed with tasks for you to complete on a daily basis. There are certain things you should do to get the ball rolling and the goats on your farm bleating that little bit easier. That’s where our Stardew Valley tips come in. It can be a little overwhelming working out what’s the best plan of action to get the most out of Stardew Valley. Do you tend to your crops first? Check on your animals? Chat to all the villagers? Head into the mines? If you play smart, you’re in for a treat. Thankfully, we’ve put together some of our top tips, not only on how to make money quickly but how to get the most out of your first year in the game too.
For those not in the know, Stardew Valley is a farming sim not too dissimilar to the likes of Harvest Moon, where you tend your farm, raise animals and crops, and also make a bit of a name for yourself in the community. Below it’s cutesy exterior lies a game with a ton of mechanics, things to do and a good level of impenetrability.
At the start, things will seem slow as you get to grips with everything that Stardew has to offer, but we’re here with a bunch of tips to make the simple life a little simpler.
How to make money quickly in Stardew Valley
When you first start out in Stardew Valley, you’ll be given 500g or 500 pieces of shiny gold. And although that might sound like a lot, you’ll quickly burn through that and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be left scratching your head as to how to make more without waiting for days for your harvest to grow.
Well, there’s technically no quick way to rake in the gold in Stardew Valley, but there are a few things that you can do to usher the cash into your account a little faster.
1. Invest in crops as soon as possible
Your little farming starter pack contains 15 turnip seeds, which you’ll want to plant straight away. To do this, simply take your new hoe and till 15 little patches of soil in which to plant them. Don’t forget to give them a water with the can, which you can fill using the water around the farm, otherwise they’re never going to grow.
After that, you’ll want to invest your money carefully in more seeds, which you can get from Pierre’s shop in town, among other places. But you’ll want to be careful about what crops you buy and when. Initially, we recommend investing in two or three Cauliflower seeds as they cost 80g, but the finished crop is worth much more. Also pick up some more turnip seeds and some potatoes. What’s great about taters is that they not only sell for 80g a piece, but there’s a chance they’ll yield another potato when you harvest them, meaning you get more spud for your dollar. Plus, they only take six days to grow, meaning if you pair them with the four day growers that are the turnips, you’ll soon have enough dosh to invest in a serious cauliflower crop.
2. Learn which are the most valuable crops per season
The cauliflowers might be the hit thing for spring, but you’ll want to know which crops earn you the most money for every season if you’re going to make a killing in Stardew Valley. Take a look at the minimum price you’ll get for each crop in each season in the first year (depending on the quality of your final produce) and how to get them. Plus, bear in mind that things like green beans, hot peppers and other crops will yield more than one crop per harvest, but it’ll tell you that when you buy the seeds.
Another trick is to save up for the Greenhouse, which will let you grow crops regardless of what season you’re in, including during the winter.
- Parsnips – 35g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Potatoes – 80g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Cauliflowers – 190g (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Green Beans – 40g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Kale – 110g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Strawberries – 500g (Obtain seeds during Egg Festival on Spring 13)
- Hops – 25g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Blueberries – 50g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Hot Peppers – 40g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Radishes – 90g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Wheat – 25g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Melons – 250g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Corn – 50g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Tomatoes – 60g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Cranberries – 75g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Pumpkins – 320g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Grapes – 80g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Artichokes – 160g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Bok Choy – 80g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Eggplant – 60g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Yam – 160g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Amaranth – 150g or more (Buy seeds at Pierre’s General Store)
- Rare Seeds – 3000g or more (Buy seeds from the Gypsy Wagon)
3. It’s hip to be square
When you’re planting be mindful of where you’re dropping your seeds as there’s a trick to potentially making a few extra bob just by being a little more careful about your seed placement. When you’re planting cauliflower, melons, and Pumpkins, try and plant them in 3×3 squares. Doing this gives you a slim chance of growing a giant crop, which will take up all nine squares of soil. You won’t know whether it’s worked until harvest day, but it’s worth a shot right?
4. Don’t worry about animals too soon
If you want to really streamline your money-making expeditions, you’ll want to ignore your desires to invest in livestock until you’ve got far more gold rattling in your pocket. I made the mistake of falling for the idea of being surrounded by farm animals and spent as much money as I could building homes for them, feeding them and buying them new friends.
However, when winter rolls around, if you play like I did you’re going to get stuck, because the game doesn’t regenerate enough grass to feed your growing menagerie, meaning you have no choice but to buy hay from Marnie to get you through the season. And with hay priced at 50g a pop, your animals will soon drain your hard-earned funds.
It is a risk you might be willing to take though, seeing as the Community Centre does need quite a few animal-based offerings.
5. Prioritise wood
Once you’ve planted and watered your crops, it’s worth focusing your energy on chopping down trees. You’ll want to start stockpiling wood, because it’s a key resource for unlocking new buildings and items on your farm. Try not to sell it unless you’re super desperate for cash, because you’ll quickly be able to craft incredibly useful items like storage chests.
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