Carl's Guide to Stardew Valley

Gameplay Strategy and Farm Management

Stardew Valley: Summer Crops

Crop Growth Times, Sell Prices, and Profit Per Day

The following are a list of all summer crops in Stardew Valley and their prices at base value. There are also growth times listed along with the seed cost at the general store. These are listed with the highest value crops first, so that you know what is most profitable. Fertilizer will make these even more profitable. Do keep in mind turnaround times when a season first starts if you're broke. You may want to plant something fast with a decent profit then go for mass-production of the most profitable fruit or vegetable so you can afford to buy more seeds for the profitable crop.

Click to learn more about Farming in Stardew Valley. Additionally, you may find it helpful to know what crops to grow for each season's bundles.

Summer Crops in Stardew Valley

CropCostGrowsSellProfit$ per day
Blueberries$8013 days$240$160$12.3/day
Blueberries can actually produce up to $35/day if you plant them at the beginning of Summer as they are harvestable every 4 days when mature. Blueberries produce 3 berries when harvested at $80 each.
Starfruit$40013 days$800$400$30.1/day
Starfruit seeds can be bought at the Desert once you've repaired the Pelican Town bus by completing the Vault Bundle (one of the last).
Red Cabbage$1009 days$260$160$17.8/day
Red Cabbage seeds are only available at the general store from Year 2 Summer onward.
Melon$8012 days$250$170$14/day
Melons are an attractive option. They can become giant crops if you place them in large patches (3x3 minimum) and yield double, so you may be surprised with even more profit! Giant crops are harvested with the axe.
Hops$6011 days$25$-35$13/day
Hops can be harvested a total of 17x (as it is harvestable daily once mature) in order to provide a profit of $13/day. It can be turned into pale ale for an even better profit, but that requires time and Kegs.
Hot Peppers$405 days$40$0$10/day
Hot Peppers are available every 3 days upon maturity. This lets you harvest them 8 times in a season, so they're profitable after the first harvest.
Tomato$5011 days$60$10$9.3/day
Tomatoes are can be harvested every 4 days once mature, meaning a plant can produce $250 in profit over its 28 day lifespan.
Radish$406 days$90$50$8.3/day
Corn$15014 days$50-$100$7.4
For Corn to be profitable, you must plant it at the beginning of Summer and harvest it through Fall. It manages a scant $1.9/day if you only plant it for one season and manage 4 harvests (it is available every 4 days after maturity). Corn is involved in two bundles, so I'd advise you to buy a few and fertilize them so that you can get a gold star Corn for Quality Crops and an extra for the Fall Crops Bundle.
Poppy$1007 days$140$40$5.7/day
Spangle$508 days$90$40$5/day
Wheat$104 days$25$15$3.8/day

Blueberries are the most profitable Summer crop overall, though Starfruit can be good for a fast buck later on in a game when you're able to get them at Oasis.

Bear in mind that some foods are used in cooking recipes, so you do have reason to grow the less profitable crops. Also some are used in Bundles and will be needed to finish the Community Center.

See also: Crops (All), Spring Crops and Fall Crops

Stardew Valley 1.1 Changes

Stardew Valley is now version 1.1, which comes with some significant changes. I have some updating to do as a result. Certain fruits (such as blueberries/cranberries) have had their sell prices reduced significantly to give players more reason to grow other produce. This makes tables with sales values wrong. I will fix them as soon as possible. You can see the full list of change notes here.

Stardew Guide Progress

My Stardew Valley Guide coverage has just begun as of July 8, 2016. I plan to put out pages regularly until I've covered most topics. For now I've completed guides on:

Skills & Unlocks New
Cows & Milk New
Gifts for Villagers (Hearts)
Combat New
The Skull Cavern New
The Desert New
Trees & Tappers New
Foraging New
The Secret Woods
Beginner's Guide New
Stardew Valley Tips
Crops to Grow for Bundles