How To Use The Mill in Stardew Valley? 5 Best Tips and Tricks

Have you been wondering what the Mill in Stardew Valley is? What is it used for on the farm? If you’d like to know more about the what, where, why, and hows of the Mill, then continue reading! You’ll also find 5 of the best tips and tricks when it comes to the Mill in Stardew Valley. 

Mill in Stardew Valley near a field of rice crops
Mill by the Rice Farm

BASICS: Mill in Stardew Valley

WHAT: The Mill is a farm building that you can place on your farm.

WHERE: You can order this building at Robin’s Carpenter Shop in the Mountains, north from Pelican Town.

WHY: Mills are built on the farm for two main reasons: 1) Recipes and 2) Aesthetics. Mills can produce Flour from Wheat, Rice from Unmilled Rice, and Sugar from Beets, which are used in most recipes. Other than that, Mills are the perfect addition to a decorated farm. The wheel at the top constantly moves with the wind and the look completes the farm experience.

HOW: To build the Mill, you need to have 2,500g, 50 Stone, 150 Wood, and 4 Cloth. By far, Cloth is the most difficult material to acquire early-game.

What can you produce in a Mill?

Wheat Flour

“A common cooking ingredient made from crushed wheat seeds.”

Wheat Flour is a common cooking ingredient that you can produce on the farm by placing Wheat in the Mill. One (1) Wheat makes one (1) Wheat Flour. It takes approximately one day to produce Wheat Flour. It sells for 50g.

Various valuable food items in Stardew Valley require Wheat Flour as an ingredient. For example, Crab Cakes, the popular mine food, which gives a speed and defence boost, needs (1) Wheat Flour, (1) Crab, (1) Egg, and (1) Oil. Another great food item to take with you to the mines is Strange Bun. The dish restores 100 Energy and 45 Health and requires (1) Wheat Flour, (1) Periwinkle, and (1) Void Mayonnaise.


Adds sweetness to pastries and candies. Too much can be unhealthy.

Sugar is a common cooking ingredient that you produce on the farm by placing Beets in the Mill. One (1) Beet makes three (3) Sugars. The Mill in Stardew Valley will finish producing Sugar after a day and will be ready the next morning. Sugar sells for 50g.

Quite a lot of essential food items in the game require Sugar. For example, Cranberry Sauce, which gives (+2) Mining, needs (1) Cranberry and (1) Sugar to make. Banana Pudding, which gives (+1) Mining, (+1) Luck, and (+1) Defence, needs (1) Banana, (1) Milk, and (1) Sugar. Last, Ginger Ale, which gives (+1) Luck, requires (3) Gingers and (1) Sugar.

For more information about Sugar, check out this guide.


A basic grain often served under vegetables.

Rice is an uncommon cooking ingredient that you can produce on the farm by placing Unmilled Rice in the Mill in Stardew Valley. One (1) Unmilled Rice makes one (1) Rice. It will finish producing by the next day. Rice sells for 50g.

Rice is only used in three recipes in the game: Maki Roll, Rice Pudding, and Mango Sticky Rice. Another favorite for Miners, Mango Sticky Rice gives (+3) Defense and requires (1) Mango, (1) Coconut, and (1) Rice.

For more information about Rice, check out this guide!

5 tips and tricks

  1. Late Game. It’s best to wait until late game to order a Mill for your farm. Not only are the materials (Cloth) hard to get, but the benefits you get from a Mill aren’t worth it. You can acquire Cloth from Sheep or Rabbits, which will take a while to obtain. For more information on how to acquire Cloth, take a look at this guide by Kevin Tucker.
  2. Dedicated Space. It’s always a good idea to organize your farm layout. It maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of your production. Try to dedicate a space for your mill and a farm near it that grows Rice, Wheat, and Beets. That way, the Mill and the crops for your mill won’t interrupt your main crops and farm buildings.
  3.  Not a Cash Grab. The Mill in Stardew Valley is again not the most profitable farm building. You probably won’t gain millions of gold from it; however, it’s a nice completion item. It’s more convenient to just buy ingredients from Pierre’s or Jojamart. Your farm space just might be more suited to fields of crops like Ancient Fruit and Starfruit, Sheds of Kegs, Barns of Pigs, and Chicken Coops. These will produce much much more profit for the farm than the Mill. 
  4. Aesthetics. The Mill has one real purpose— aesthetics. The spinning wheel/fan on top of the Mill moves in real-time in the game. This makes the farm building a pretty addition to players wanting to create beautiful farms. It also provides variety to an organized farm filled with crops fields, Sheds, and Barns. 
  5. Recipes. The other main purpose of the Mill in Stardew Valley is the ingredients for recipes that you can make yourself on the farm. Over the course of the game, you’ll find yourself cooking a lot of meals in the kitchen. Some of the most important food items to advance in the game require either Flour, Sugar, or Rice.

There you go! These are all you need to know about the Mill in Stardew Valley as well as 5 tips and tricks. Happy Playing!

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Beatrice is an impressionist painter and aspiring writer from the Philippines. She loves journeys across the Gem Sea, Emeralds, and Tulips. Her forever husband is Sebastian and they've been married for six years.

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