How to Grow Quality Crops in Stardew Valley

Published on June 16th, 2019 by Jordan W.

When you are farming in Stardew Valley, you will find that some of your crops have tiny stars next to them. These stars indicate the quality of your fruit, which increases the amount of money you make. This guide will help you get those good quality crops.

Although there are only three qualities that your crops can come in, there are four in the game total.

Those Four Qualities Are:

  • Normal Quality
  • Silver Quality       silver quality star
  • Gold Quality        golden quality star
  • Iridium Quality    iridium quality star

Normal quality items have no star next to them. While only normal, silver, and gold quality crops can occur, iridium quality items are possible to obtain. However, we will not go over them in this guide.

Preparing For Quality Crops

Prepare a field for planting, if you don’t have one already. Gather Basic Fertilizer or Quality Fertilizer. They are fertilizers that help your crops have a better chance of growing. You can craft Basic Fertilizer for 2 Sap at Level 1 Farming or buy it from Pierre’s General Store for 100g each. You can get Quality Fertilizer at Pierre’s General Store for 150g each or craft it for 2 Sap and 1 Fish of any kind. Once you have your fertilizer, place it down on your field.

Harvesting Time!

When that is done, proceed to plant and grow your crops like normal. When they are ready to harvest, pick the crops. You should notice an increase in silver and gold crop and a decrease in normal crop. This is a good change, as those higher quality crops are replacing some of the lesser quality crops. At smaller quantities, you won’t see much difference in the gold gained from the higher quality crops. However, when you start selling crops in higher quantities, there is much more of a difference.

blueberry selling points



As you can see in the picture above, there are noticeably less gold crops than normal crops, but they made more money. Even though in most cases you won’t be selling that many crops, you could easily get more gold for only a little effort.


  • Put fertilizer on your crop fields right when you wake up on the first of each growing season. That way, you won’t have to worry about it later that day. First days are usually the most hectic.
  • Early on in the game, craft your fertilizer instead of buying it. It is a lot cheaper, considering your farm has a lot of trees and sap drops down almost every time you cut down a tree. Plus, it’s a good idea to start gathering wood as well.
  • Experiment with different fertilizers! See which one fits your needs the best. If you think having the crops get just one more last minute harvest in would get you more profit than more quality crops? Try Speed-Gro or Deluxe Speed-Gro!
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