Is The Mill Worth Building?

Dennyvie Ann

Have you thought of making your cooking ingredients? To truly live off the land, you mustn’t waste the opportunity to convert your harvests into everyday goods. Having a mill can help, and this guide will teach you how to turn your produce into valuable ingredients!

The player holding unmilled rice near the mill
Here’s what a mill looks like in Stardew Valley

Players who love the cooking mechanic in-game would benefit from using this farm structure. It’s easy to overlook; however, you may want to reconsider if you like making cooked foods like pizza. 

In this guide, you’ll learn everything about this structure, including its uses, worth, and profitability!

What is the Mill? 

A mill is a refining structure in Stardew Valley that processes different crops into food products. It can process rice, turn wheat into flour, and beets into sugar. Thus, the regular base price of unmilled food items increases.

Apart from increasing their value, it’s also beneficial in cooking dishes in the kitchen or cookout kit. 

What Crops Can You Use in a Mill?

Unmilled Rice

When irrigated, this basic grain speeds up its growth from eight to six days. You don’t have to worry about managing it as it’s low-maintenance and is easier to harvest with a scythe. Plus, it automatically waters itself when near bodies of water! 

Wheat

This crop has a fast turnaround growth of 4 days! You can get wheat seeds from Pierre’s for 10g, JojaMart for 12g, and the Traveling Cart for 100-1,000, but the latter is pricey. Aside from producing quick yields, you can sow wheat to stockpile hay for the rest of the year.

The player holds wheat, unmilled rice, and beets to place in the mill.
Grains like wheat and rice can be good filler crops in late summer or fall.

Beets

Don’t sleep on this amazing crop! This earthy root vegetable is excellent for cooking, especially when refined into sugar. Not only are these necessary for Mr. Qi’s quest, but you can also use them to color a shirt.

How to get a Mill? 

You may purchase this building at Robin’s. It costs 2,500g and requires 50 stones, four cloth, and 150 pieces of wood to construct. 

Simply approach Robin’s counter and toggle the “construct building screen.” Select the structure and place it in your desired location. It takes two days to finish and while waiting, you can start planting crops to avoid wasting time!

The construct buildings menu shows the cost and requirements of building a mill.
It’s not the most profitable, but it’s the cheapest among farm buildings.

With the mill ready, making milled goods becomes easier. All you need to do is load raw food items into valuable products. 

Fortunately, it can process an entire batch of crops per day, unlike kegs and jars. The product should be available the following morning and found in the small box. It stores processed goods like a chest with 36 slots.

This limited storage container can also hold extra goods as long as there are at least two different types of items.

The milled rice, wheat flour, and sugar are stored in the small storage box while the player prepares to collect them.
If there are no available slots, additional milled goods are lost permanently.

 Is It Worth Purchasing? 

This structure is helpful for players who hate visiting Pierre’s General Store for flour and sugar. Moreover, the processed yield sells moderately higher than its regular counterparts.

Beginner-friendly advice: Spend most of your time farming and invest in quick turnaround seeds to earn money fast! And what better to buy than wheat for quick produce? It’s up to you, but farming and milling is a promising start-up for your first-year progress. 

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of unmilled and milled food items with their selling price:

CropBase PriceProcessed
Unmilled Rice30gRice (100g)
Beet100g3x sugar (150g)
Wheat25gFlour (50g)

Moneywise, it may not be much. But for cooking, it can be cost-efficient.

Unfortunately, this farming structure offers limited function. It may be aesthetically pleasing, but if you don’t plan on planting a lot of rice, beets, or wheat, it’s not worth purchasing. 

Here’s a comparison of construction cost, turnaround, and profit returns on selected goods:

StructureCostReturn of IncomeTurnaround
Mill2,500g + Wheat seeds (10g)Flour (50g)4 days harvest + 1-day processing
Big Coop4,000g + Chicken (800g)Regular egg (50g)0 days (if chickens are purchased) + Daily Egg drop
Barn6,000g + Cow (1,500g)Milk (125g)0 days (if cows are purchased) + Daily Milk produce
Slime Hutch10,000g + Slime Egg (Free from Marlon)Regular Slime Egg (1,000g)Slime Egg Maturation (3 days and six hrs.) + Occasional Egg Drop

While it’s the cheapest investment, it can also be a time-killer if you factor in harvesting and processing.

meet the Author

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Dennyvie Ann
Dennyvie is a BS Medical Laboratory Science student who dreams to become a physician and a published author someday. In her spare time, she spends hours playing Stardew Valley, which has become a safe space for her.

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