Stardew Valley: Best Summer Crops To Maximize Profit

Ranking all Stardew Valley Summer Crops, and the best ones to grow!

Once you pass through your first season in Stardew Valley, you will be greeted by the summer season. Hopefully, by this time you’ve upgraded your tools and still have money left over to spend on buying seeds to farm and earn big in summer. This guide will help you identify the Best summer crops in Stardew Valley which will help you earn more money!

Key Takeaways

Before the Summer season begins in Stardew Valley, players should focus on these 7 Best Summer Crops for optimal profit:

  1. Blueberries: Cost 80 Gold each from Pierre, yield 3 Blueberries per harvest, and can be sold for 50 Gold each. Harvestable multiple times.
  2. Starfruit: Purchasable from a Desert Merchant for 400 Gold, sellable for 750 Gold.
  3. Hops: Used in the Wild Medicine Bundle, grown from Hop Starters costing 60 Gold, and sell for 25 Gold each. Harvestable multiple times.

Additional Summer Crops include:

  • Red Cabbage
  • Melon
  • Hot Pepper
  • Coffee

Stardew Valley Best Summer Crops

Stardew Valley best summer crop
Summer Season

Let’s first quickly compare the Best Summer Crops in Stardew Valley:

RankCrop NameTypeGrowth TimeBuy PriceSell Price
7Hot PepperFruit5 days40 gold40 gold
6HopsVegetable11 days60 gold25 gold
5Red CabbageVegetable9 days100 gold260 gold
4MelonFruit12 days80 gold250 gold
3CoffeeSeed10 days/2 days1500 gold15 gold
2StarfruitFruit13 days400 gold750 gold
1BlueberriesFruit13 days80 gold50 gold

Most of these can be bought from Pierre’s shop. Other can be found at the traveling merchant or various other places you’ll come across as you play through the game. Most of the best crops are easily accessible and can earn you big profits over the season.

It would be best to complete community bundles and increase favorability sooner rather than later. We’ve also taken into account community bundles and the favorite crops of various villagers to give you a comprehensive guide.

7. Hot Pepper

Hot Pepper in Stardew Valley

You can grow Hot Pepper from some Pepper Seeds. The best thing about Hot Pepper is without a doubt its ability to fully mature and grow in just 5 days. Hot Peppers are also a multi-harvest crop. When you harvest the Hot Pepper Plant, you will get 1 Hot Pepper every 3 days, and also a 3% chance of getting some extra Hot Peppers.

Additionally, Lewis and Shane love to receive the Hot Peppers as gifts. However, you must be careful when gifting Hot Peppers to Abigail, Haley, Jas, and Vincent because they all dislike the crop.

Hot Pepper can be a very useful thing to have because it can be required in the Summer Crops Bundle and the Remixed Quality Crops Bundle. You can also make many profitable food recipes like Pepper Poppers, Spicy Eel, and Tropical Curry from Hot Peppers.

Pros:

  • Hot Peppers are some of the fastest-growing crops in Stardew Valley, with just a 5-day growth period.
  • Hot Peppers are a multi-harvest crop, which allows you to more than double your profits.
  • There is a 3% chance that you will get more Hot Peppers than normal.
  • Hot Peppers are a great gifting option because very few villagers dislike them.

Cons:

  • Some players might not like the low energy and health benefits that Hot Peppers give.

6. Hops

This is a vegetable crop that grows from a Hops starter which can be bought for 60 gold. It takes 11 days to fully grow which might seem like a long time. However, Hops can be harvested every day after that. This makes Hops a great multi-harvest crop. Hops themselves can’t be sold for a lot, only earning 25 gold.

Hops are used in a recipe to make Pale Ale, which is loved by Pam. Otherwise, Pale ale can be sold for 420 gold which is a decent amount of money too. Hops are used in the Wild Medicine Bundle.

Pros:

  • Hops can be harvested multiple times, making them a multi-harvest crop.
  • Use Hops to produce Pale Ale for a higher profit margin.
  • Provides significant farming experience points, aiding in leveling up quickly.

Cons:

  • Villagers in Stardew Valley are neutral about Hops, lacking popularity.
  • Selling Hops individually yields only 25 Gold, limiting profit potential.
  • Long growth period of up to 11 days may not suit some players.

5. Red Cabbage

Red cabbage is a vegetable crop that takes 9 days to fully grow. It can be bought from Pierre’s store for 100 gold and can be sold for the great price of 260 gold, earning you a really good profit. The crop can be harvested 3 times during the summer and can help deepen your pockets.

Unfortunately, Pierre does not sell red cabbage seeds before the second year. Your only hope is that the wandering merchant (traveling cart) sells one during your first year in the game and you have enough gold to afford the seeds at that time. This crop is used to complete the dye bundle which makes it a really important crop.

The vegetable crop is also an ingredient needed in many recipes to make food, including the Coleslaw, Fish taco which is loved by both Caroline and Gus, and the Red Plate which is loved by Emily.

Pros:

  • Available for purchase at Pierre’s General Store at a decent price, making it easy to obtain.
  • Provides a good profit compared to purchase price.
  • Required for completing the Dye Bundle on the Bulletin Board.
  • Versatile ingredient in many food recipes, liked by many villagers.
  • Suitable as a gift, as most villagers in Stardew Valley appreciate it.

Cons:

  • Red Cabbage Seeds only become available in the second year, limiting early cultivation.

4. Melon

Stardew Valley best summer crop
Melon Seeds

A fruit crop, Melon can be easily bought from Pierre’s shop. It can be bought for 80 gold and takes 12 days to fully grow. After being harvested it can be sold for 250 gold each. What makes melon special is that it is one of only 3 crops that has the potential of producing a giant crop.

Melon is the best gift for Penny and is loved by her. Furthermore, Melon is used in two recipes. It can be used to make Fruit Salad, which is loved by Haley. It can also be used to make Pink Cake which is loved by a multitude of characters including Haley, Vincent, Jas, and Marnie. Melons are also part of the summer crops bundle. These many uses of melon have landed it on our list of Stardew Valley best summer crops.

Pros:

  • Easily obtainable from Pierre’s General Store, simplifying acquisition.
  • Sell for a profitable 250 Gold, offering a high return compared to buying price.
  • Liked by most villagers in Stardew Valley, making them suitable for gifting.
  • Used in multiple recipes, potentially earning up to 480 Gold.

Cons:

  • Melons can take up to 12 days to fully grow and might not be worth it for some players.

3. Coffee

Stardew Valley best summer crop
Coffee Bean

The Coffee beans are incredible since they give at least 4 beans of harvest every 2 days and there is a chance of obtaining more too. Planting these through spring and summer can give you continuous harvests through both seasons. If planted early, they have even better profit value than starfruit in the long run.

Unfortunately, there are only two ways to get the crop. You can buy it from a traveling merchant depending on your luck. However, they are sold for an astronomical value of 1500 gold. A normal player probably won’t be able to afford it at the beginning.

The other way you can get coffee beans is by killing Dust Sprites, which can be found in specific regions. The drop rates for coffee beans are low. However, when you harvest 4 seeds each time, you can quickly plant an entire field of coffee.

You can put coffee beans in a keg to get coffee, which increases movement speed for a while. Otherwise, coffee beans can be sold for a neat profit too.

Pros:

  • Coffee Beans can be grown in both Summer and Spring seasons, providing flexibility in planting.
  • Highly profitable crop with multiple harvests.
  • Short growth period of just 10 days allows for quicker harvesting.
  • Coffee Beans sell for a relatively high price, yielding considerable profit.
  • Versatile use of Coffee Beans, including making coffee with various advantages.

Cons:

  • Coffee Beans not sold in any Stardew Valley stores.
  • Obtaining Coffee Beans can be challenging due to low drop probability.
  • No benefit from selling Coffee Beans in the Tiller profession.

2. Starfruit

Stardew Valley best summer crop
Starfruit Seeds

This crop is probably the most profitable that you can plant in the summer. It is one of the most profitable crops in the game. Starfruit takes a really long time 13 days to fully grow. However, this turns out to be worth the wait since it easily sells for 750 gold at its base selling price.

However, the crop can only be bought from the merchant in the desert, and it will take a normal player a fair amount of time to earn access to the desert. Also, Starfruit seeds have a really high cost of 400 gold. If you don’t have a lot of money, you won’t be able to maximize your gains. All of these reasons don’t make the crop really beginner-friendly, which bumps down the crop’s ranking somewhat.

However, starfruit also has other characteristics. Starfruit is required to build the Junimo Hut, something that you’d like to build later on.  You can also turn the Starfruit into jelly or wine. Doing this will more than double the value of the crop and you’ll have an extreme return on your investment.

Pros:

  • Starfruit sells for one of the highest prices in Stardew Valley, fetching 750 Gold.
  • Useful for building the Jumbo Hut, providing additional benefits.
  • Can significantly increase profits by crafting Starfruit into Wine or Jelly, almost doubling the earnings.

Cons:

  • Obtaining Starfruit can be challenging, particularly for new players.
  • Starfruit Seeds cost 400 Gold, requiring initial investment for cultivation.
  • Lack of food recipes using Starfruit reduces potential profits.

1. Blueberries

Stardew Valley best summer crop
Blueberry Crops

Blueberry is the best all-rounder crop for the summer season. They are better than coffee beans and starfruit in terms of ease of availability. Blueberry can be easily bought from Pierre for a low price of 80 gold and a single blueberry can be sold for 50 gold.

Considering that each harvest of blueberry crops yields at least 3 blueberries, you can earn 150 gold from every harvest. Blueberries take 13 days to mature, the same as starfruit. However, the best thing about blueberry crops is that this fruit crop is a multiple-harvest crop.

Additionally, blueberry jelly or blueberry wine can be made if you have the right tools available, both of which can be sold for even more. Additionally, blueberry is required for the summer crops bundle and can be used as an option for a few other bundles too.

Blueberry is also needed to make blueberry tarts, which are one of Linus’s favorite gifts. Otherwise, they can be sued to make fruit salad which is loved by Haley.

Pros:

  • Blueberries are among the most profitable crops in the summer season.
  • Required for completing the Quality Crops bundle at the Community Center.
  • Easy to obtain, simplifying the cultivation process.
  • Each harvest yields up to 3 Blueberries, making them highly efficient.
  • Potential for extra profit by crafting Blueberries into Wine or Jelly.

Cons:

  • Blueberries might not be the best crop when it comes to gifting because the majority of the villagers are neutral about them.

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