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Stardew Valley – The Best and Most Profitable Crops for Each Season

There are a variety of crop choices for each season in Stardew Valley. While in some cases you'll want to diversify your harvest for the sake of Community Center bundles, cooking, and gift items, planting the most profitable crops is usually the primary concern among players.

Below you will find the five highest return on investment crops per season in Stardew Valley. Note that the profit associated with each crop assumes that you plant the crop on the first day of the month and aren't using fertilizer. It is recommended that you use fertilizer, though. Also note that Winter isn't included as there are no regular crops available for that month.

For help on how to make money fast, check out our guide.

Stardew Valley Best Crops Guide: Spring Crops

  • Strawberry - 500 gold profit per crop // Obtained during Egg Festival (Spring 13th)
  • Rhubarb - 240 gold profit per crop // Purchased in The Desert
  • Potato - 213 gold profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store
  • Cauliflower - 190 gold profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store
  • Green Bean - 180 gold profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store

Stardew Valley Best Crops Guide: Summer Crops

  • Blueberry - 880 gold profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store
  • Starfruit - 800 gold profit per crop // Purchased in The Desert
  • Hops - 365 gold profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store
  • Melon - 340 gold profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store
  • Tomato - 283 gold profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store

Stardew Valley Best Crops Guide: Fall Crops

  • Rare Seed - 2000 profit per crop // Purchased at Gypsy Wagon
  • Cranberry - 1101 profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store
  • Pumpkin - 440 profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store
  • Grape - 420 profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store
  • Artichoke - 390 profit per crop // Purchased at Pierre's General Store
Note that the v1.1 update significantly increased the value of animal-based goods. Because of this, crops no longer outperform animals by a significant margin. Finding a balance between livestock such as chickens and cows, in addition to constantly investing in high value crops, is the best way to make money.