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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).

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.

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A guide to using the Seed Maker to get crops in Winter in Stardew Valley

Seed maker

The following lists are simple: they are seeds that can be made by the seed maker, that are better off made with the seed maker than purchasing. Each seasonal segment ends with an analysis of that season’s wild seeds. The mathematics can be found at the end of the guide.

This guide is strictly about gold value, not tactics. I made no attempt to address overpriced shopping at Jojamart on Wednesdays, nor the value of getting early or out of season crops when Pierre’s isn’t selling. You have to decide if it is worth operating at a loss in those situations.

Guide has been updated to 1.4. Notes on Tiller Profession bonus added.

Use Any Quality

  • Bean Starter
  • Strawberry Seeds
  • Unmilled Rice

Use Normal or Silver Quality, but not Gold

  • Garlic Seeds
  • Tulip Bulb

Use Normal Quality Only

  • Jazz Seeds
  • Kale Seeds*
  • Parsnip Seeds
  • Potato Seeds*

*Silver Kale and Silver Potatoes are right on the edge, but because the Seed Maker can fail it is better to sell those crops.

Desert: Rhubarb Seeds
Because of the need to buy a 500g bus ticket, it is cheaper to give up a rhubarb to the seed maker than purchase just a few seeds. You must buy 40 seeds to make a profit over sacrificing normal rhubarb, 13 seeds to profit over sacrificing silver rhubarb, or 8 to profit over sacrificing gold rhubarb. If you need fewer seeds, it is better to use the seed maker. If you need more, buy the seeds.

Wild Seeds
It is much cheaper to craft Spring Seeds than to use the Seed Maker.

Use Any Quality

  • Corn Seeds
  • Hops Starter
  • Pepper Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Tomato Seeds

Use Normal or Silver Quality, but not Gold

  • Poppy Seeds

Use Normal Quality Only

  • Sprangle Seeds
  • Starfruit Seeds*

Desert: Starfruit Seeds. It is always more profitable to put regular quality starfruit into the seed maker. If one would instead use silver quality fruit, buying the seeds is more profitable if at least 7 seeds are purchased, otherwise the added cost of a bus ticket is too great. If using gold quality fruit, the minimum purchase is 3 seeds. However, given the extreme value of starfruit wine, a farmer will need to put serious thought into if even a single fruit lost to the seed maker is worth it.

Wild Seeds
It is much cheaper to craft Summer Seeds than to use the Seed Maker.

Use Any Quality

  • Corn Seeds
  • Cranberry Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds

Use Normal or Silver Quality, but not Gold

  • Fairy Seeds
  • Grape Starter

Use Normal Quality Only

  • Bok Choy Seeds (Note: silver quality bok choy sells for the same price as buying two bok choy seeds)

Special: Artichoke Seeds. It is never profitable to use artichoke seeds in the seed maker. However, artichokes can be grown from mixed seeds in year one, and are not sold until year two. The seed maker offers a way to get an artichoke crop a year early.

Desert: Beet Seeds. Again, the bus ticket. Buy 16 seeds or more at once to be cheaper than using normal beets, 12 to be cheaper than using silver, 9 to be cheaper than using gold.

Special Note: Rare seeds cost less than putting sweet gem berries in the seed maker. However, rare seeds are a limited commodity. In theory, one could use the seed maker to fill the greenhouse with sweet gem berries year-round and still maintain a profit.

Wild Seeds
It is slightly cheaper to craft Fall Seeds than to use the Seed Maker. Players with the mushroom bins in the Farm Cave may choose to eat the loss simply for the relative abundance of low quality common mushrooms.

Ancient Fruit
There’s no other reliable way to GET ancient fruit. Yes, it’s worth it. Did this even need to be said?

Cactus Fruit
In addition to being a bus drive away, even sacrificing iridium foraged cactus fruit is a bargain when compared to the seed cost.

The seed maker is unlocked at Farming 9, with a free unit given by the Dye Bundle of the Bulletin Board of the Community Center. The Dye Bundle requires Red Cabbage and Duck Feathers, hard to come by in Year 1, and Farming 9 is likewise a high hurdle, so the Seed Maker will likely factor in only in Year 2 and later.

The seed maker consumes a crop, nearly any crop, and takes 20 game minutes to produce seeds from that crop. Daily luck and item quality have no effect on the process.

The seed maker has a 97.51% chance to produce the seeds of that crop. That means if you feed 40 seedmakers cranberries, usually 39 of them will spit out cranberry seeds. The odd man out will probably produce mixed seeds, but once every 200 runs the maker instead produces an ancient seed.

When the seed maker produces appropriate seeds, it produces between 1 and 3 seeds each time. This means the 40 crops of the previous example likely become 78 seeds, 1.95 seeds per crop lost.

The question “is the seed maker worth it” therefor becomes “can I buy two seeds for the sale price of one crop?”

Note that not all seeds are available for sale at all times. If you need certain out of season seeds for the greenhouse, the seed maker is the only reliable option.

Wild Seeds
The equation for wild seeds is a bit different. Wild seeds are always produced by sacrificing produce. The question then becomes which recipe is cheaper: one copy of each seasonal forage, or five copies of the specific seasonal forage needed by the seed maker.

Seed maker The following lists are simple: they are seeds that can be made by the seed maker, that are better off made with the seed maker than purchasing. Each seasonal segment ends with an