For beginners in Stardew Valley, the choice of seeds is somewhat limited. Initially, Pierre's shop offers seven seeds for crops.
Of course, strawberries are very profitable, but you won't get them until the egg festival (on the 13th day of spring) at the earliest. In order to accumulate a lot of cash beforehand, you should plant other crops at the start of the game.
|Crop||Seed||Price||Growing Days||Selling Price||Profit per Day|
|Green Bean||Bean Starter||60g||10 (3) Days||40g||22g*|
|Potato||Potato Seeds||50g||6 Days||80g+25%||8,3g*|
|Cauliflower||Cauliflower Seeds||80g||12 Days||175g||7,9g|
|Kale||Kale Seeds||70g||6 Days||110g||6,7g|
|Parsnip||Parsnip Seeds||20g||4 Days||35g||3,8g|
|Blue Jazz||Jazz Seeds||30g||7 Days||50g||2,9g|
|Tulip||Tulip Bulb||20g||6 Days||30g||1,7g|
The Problem with Green Beans
One bean starter costs 60g, the harvested green bean can be sold for 40g. This calculation only works because one crop can be harvested several times.
It initially takes ten days before the first harvest, after which a green bean can be harvested every three days. For the entire spring (28 days) that would result in seven full harvests, which would definitely pay off.
However: In the first spring, several problems arise that make the beans look pretty bad. After all, it takes a full ten days before you even get any money back from the crops. Until the second harvest (13th day) you will still make a loss.
Additionally: Without a scarecrow, the crops are repeatedly eaten by crows. Since you don't have a scarecrow from start, the green bean plan can backfire quickly.
Potatoes are the Best Choice
Potatoes cost 50g and only take six days to harvest. At the same time, potatoes have the special feature that they have a 25% chance of generating a second potato during harvest. On average, this changes the original selling price from 80g to 100g.
Due to the shorter growing time and the chance of extra potatoes, your field can be doubled after the first harvest. This makes the potatoes a better choice than the green beans, at least for the first spring.