Meadowlands Farm in Stardew Valley 1.6 Explained

In Short
  • Meadowlands Farm is a new farm type introduced in the Stardew Valley 1.6 update.
  • It comes with a coop, two chicks, and chewy blue grass which makes animals befriend you twice as quickly.
  • There are many grass tiles where you can't plant crops, so you should focus on raising animals and making money from them.

The newest Stardew Valley 1.6 update introduced a brand new farm type to the game. It’s called the Meadowlands Farm, and it has several notable additional features, though it’s not really suited for all gameplay styles. Today, we will go over everything you should know about the Meadowlands farm, including its layout, unique features, and tips for starting off here in Stardew Valley 1.6.

The Size of the Meadowlands Farm

Meadowlands Farm is quite a decently sized farm type in Stardew Valley 1.6. As you can see from the images below, there are a lot of green spaces, which cannot be tilled. So, you have somewhat limited opportunities when it comes to planting crops.

  • Meadowlands Farm covered with debris in Stardew Valley 1.6
  • Meadowlands Farm with no debris

However, these green tiles don’t stop you from placing farm buildings, so you can still use this space efficiently. There is also one more reason why you definitely want to have as many coops and barns as possible, so let’s jump into the next section where we’ll talk more about that.

Starting Features of the Meadowlands Farm

The additional features of the Meadowlands farm include:

  • 1 Coop
  • 2 Chicks
  • Natural blue grass

As you’ll notice pretty much immediately, there is a fenced-off area left of your farmhouse that has a coop inside. Not only that, but it also comes with two chicks. But that’s not all, there is also some strange blue grass everywhere. This grass type is adored by animals.

They will level up friendship with you twice as quickly, so you can start getting some amazing quality products very soon.

Chewy blue grass

So to sum it up, Meadowlands Farm is a perfect farm for animals. The starting coop is easily expandable and the two chicks allow you to make easy money for seeds and other upgrades in the early game. Furthermore, the blue grass spawns here naturally and will allow you to start making real money quickly.

It is possible to make blue grass starters, so you can plant it on any farm, but it does require you to have unlocked the Qi’s Walnut Room on Ginger Island, which is not that easy. That’s why this farm will make you super rich, thanks to animal products. However that does mean you have to keep all your animals happy, so they produce these expensive items. To do that, you should:

  • Pet them regularly.
  • Let them eat grass outside.
  • Feed them hay during rainy days and winter.
  • Put a heater, which you can buy from Marnie, in the barn so animals are warm during winter.
  • Let them stay in the barn if it’s raining or during winter.
  • Do not trap them outside during the night.

Also, to help you along your journey, the game provides 15 pieces of hay in the present box in your farmhouse, instead of the parsnip seeds. This is another hint at the animal happiness on this farm.

Meadowlands Farm Layout Features

Meadowlands Farm is a bit different from other farm types when it comes to the position of certain features. First, instead of the cave entrance to the left of your farmhouse, there is a simple coop. The farm cave is located all the way to the south-east of your farm. The greenhouse’s position is similar to other farm types, as well as the grandpa’s shrine.

Layout of different features on the Meadowlands farm

However, water is a bit further away. The tillable space in front of the farmhouse has no major water source nearby, so you will have to find your way through the debris to refill your watering can. This can prove time-consuming in the early game, so try to make this path clear as soon as possible.

While fishing in the river to the west, there is a 50% chance you’ll catch forest pond fish, which are the same fish you can get from the Cindersap Forest pond.

Tips for Meadowlands Farm in Stardew Valley 1.6

Now, let us give you some useful tips for the Meadowlands Farm if you’ve made up your mind about exploring it in Stardew Valley 1.6.

First, animals should be the number one priority on your list. Thanks to the coop available from the start, you can house pretty cheap animals but still make decent money in the early game. Not only that, but you’ll be able to make money quickly, thanks to the newly added blue grass.

So what we suggest you do is focus on building a barn and adding more animals to your farm. Don’t focus too much on the crops for making money, because animals will give you all the money you’ll ever need. Moreover, if you also give your farm animal a golden animal cracker, it’ll permanently double its produce yield, which is an insane boost.

When it comes to skills, definitely go for the Rancher profession when you hit farming skill level 5, as it will make your animal products worth 20% more. Then, go for the Shepherd profession at level 10, as it’ll make your barn animals love you more quickly. Also, sheep produce wool faster and that is a great money maker in itself. You can then use all this money to buy the best gifts for Sam or romance Leah in Stardew Valley.

Also, since you’re working with animals, make a silo as soon as possible. Leave blue grass to spread and focus on cutting only regular grass. In addition, clear out an area leading to the farm cave, so you can access it easily and collect its produce.

So, that’s about it for this Stardew Valley 1.6 guide. Now you’re ready to start a new world in the Meadowlands Farm and become rich. If this guide helped you, don’t forget to share it with other Stardew enjoyers you know. With that, why do you like this farm type? Tell us in the comments below!

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