The free mining with no risk that includes nodes you can’t get anywhere else in the world. CTRL-F and whichfarm is chanted in reverent voices and typed. My solution to this was something that even brought that cocky Wizard to his knees.

Standard FarmThe majority of this map is farming land, ideal for crops and animals. There are seven different Farm Maps to choose from in Stardew Valley. Each map features a unique layout of the Farm, offering different benefits and favoring specific skills. Only one map can be chosen when starting a new game, and cannot be changed once selected.

Beneath it, there are a lot of mechanics and strategies that can take hundreds of hours to master. And if you think the mining space on the Hilltop farm is useless/pointless, you really picked the wrong map. When Summer Year 2 rolls around, you’ll have all the resources you need to start flooding Ginger Island with the crops of your pleasing . This provides enough cash for the Return Scepter, all four Obelisks, the Golden Clock, and any other large investments that you can think of. I just much prefer the more direct form of money-making that is farming.

So far mine has the animals and crops on the right island with their own separate paddocks. The left will probably be a forest with tappers for now, though I might eventuallly move pigs down by the lake like everyone else has done. Randomly picked hilltop and now trying to layout my farm it just seems…

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Despite the broken-up land, there are still 1,578 tillable tiles on this map where crops can be planted and a generous amount of space for animals, equipment, and silos. And as far as your farming goes, there’s a 20×10 patch of soil that works with sprinklers that you can use until you get better fertilizer and unlock the Greenhouse and Island Farm. So give one of the other farm maps a go, and once you’re ready for a challenge, start a new save on the Beach Farm. All of that water means that there’s not as much space for farming and buildings. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you want a challenge. But if you want to make the most of your farm, then you’ll probably want more land than what the Riverland Farm offers.