Stardew Valley: Seed Maker
Foraging Skill XP via Seasonal Seeds
For players looking for crops to grow during Winter, the Seed Maker comes to the rescue. Aside from the wild seeds you get from the Seed Maker, nothing else can grow during that season. This fun little item lets you get seeds out of four particular fruits, which can be used to grow the other forageable produce from that season.
Making a Seed Maker
Crafting a Seed Maker means making it to Farming Level 9. That seems rough, but it's actually one of the first skills you're likely to get to level 9 and certainly doable in the first year if you focus on crops. The Seed Maker requires 25 wood, 10 coal, and a gold bar. You can buy 5 gold ore from the Blacksmith to make it - you'll need a furnace, to smelt the metals. You do not need 4 as pictured above, because the seeds are ready in just a few minutes. Just a couple of these can put out seeds at a really fast rate.
Using the Seed Maker
Putting four types of foraged items into the seed maker creates different types of seeds:
- Spring Seeds: Use Wild Horseradish
- Summer Seeds: Use Spice Berry
- Fall Seeds: Use Common Mushroom
- Winter Seeds: Use Winter Root
It only takes 10 minutes of game time to make seeds (so several real-life seconds). Use these to get free crops. The Seed Maker puts out 1-3 seeds and may even spit out an ancient seed for you, though they are rare. These seeds can be used to complete bundles, but must be grown during the correct season.
Getting Winter Root & Other Seed Maker Produce
Finding Wild Horseradish and Spice Berries are fairly obvious. They're on the ground all around Stardew Valley's world. Look around the town, north of it, and in the woods south of your farm. The mushrooms are found in the forest and Secret Woods. If you've made the cave into a mushroom farm, that's another option for getting Common Mushrooms. Winter Root, on the other hand, is buried. Use the hoe on tillable soil. You can find that inside Pelican Town and on its beach. The latter is the best place to get it. With a Steel Hoe I was able to dig up 22 winter root in one day, thanks to the upgraded hoe's ability to till up 5 tiles at once. What is more you can come back daily.
Another place to find Winter Root before the season begins is inside the mine in the colder levels around 40-70. Doing that, you can have winter seeds on day one and put the winter root back into the seed maker to continue the process! Planting and harvesting the wild seeds you get WILL provide foraging skill experience, just not as much as finding them out in the world (which gives a little over double foraging xp).