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Top 13 Most Profitable Crops To Grow
Have a guess: What do you think are the most profitable crops for small farms to grow?

If you’re short on space or time, you should look toward high value crops to maximize the output of your small farm production.

In this article we’ll take a look at some basic questions you should first consider and then guide you through a list of the most profitable crops to grow.

ClientGreen WayYearApril, 2021AuthorJohn MilesShare

Most Profitable Cash Crops for Small Farms

Whether you’re looking for a lucrative cash crop to add to an existing farm business or trying to build an agricultural business from scratch, here are some profitable plants to consider.

1. Goji Berries
Goji berry plants are easy to grow, and each one can get up to 13 feet tall, leaving lots of berries to pick. If you’re interested in planting goji shrubs, they can easily be sold to grocery stores, restaurants, and food brands for use in high-end snacks and dishes. You can also get goji berries plants and seeds easily from many different outlets both online and brick-and-mortar retailers.

2. Oyster Mushrooms
Gourmet mushrooms like oyster mushrooms are often used in expensive dishes. But they also grow quickly and are quite inexpensive to produce.

3. Microgreens
Microgreens like arugula and other leafy green vegetables don’t require much space to grow, and they’re fairly easy to keep alive in various climates. And because of their popularity, you can now get microgreens seeds online and in retail stores.

4. Almonds
Almonds are popular in everything from trail mix to milk alternatives. Once almond trees are established, they are quite hardy and can produce a high yield in the right climate. However, they can take a while to get going. So look at this as more of a long-term investment.

5. Coconuts
Coconuts are among the most profitable crops in the tropical plant family. Those in warm climates can start these plants without many resources and then grow them into large trees that yield many coconuts.

6. Ginseng
Growing ginseng root can be profitable, as it is used in various therapeutic and supplement products. It can take years to mature this plant enough to sell the roots, but you can sell seedlings in the meantime.

7. Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are the smallest items in the tomato family, meaning they grow quickly and easily. Tomato plants easily pop up year after year and are used in various dishes.

8. Garlic
Garlic is a small plant that doesn’t require much space or resources. It’s also used in tons of dishes, and gourmet garlic can demand a high price tag.

9. Saffron
Saffron is one of the most expensive culinary herb products on the market. It takes some startup money to grow these plants. But eventually, the established plants can bring in high profits each year.

10. Basil
Basil is another herb that is prominent in many dishes. It’s small and easy to get started. You don’t even need a large outdoor garden to get started.

11. Bonsai Plants
Bonsai plants are generally grown indoors. And each one can command a decent price tag. They’re generally sold as small, potted plants. So you can offer them in retail settings or even online.

12. Lavender
Lavender plants are fairly hardy. And they can be sold in bunches to consumers or even wholesale to companies that use the oil for fragrance or related products.

13. Bamboo
A bamboo business can thrive thanks to the ability of these plants to grow quickly and command a decent price tag. This plant is mainly sold as a potted plant or landscaping feature.

14. Hemp
Hemp is used in a huge array of products, from supplements to fabric. And the plants are fairly hardy and inexpensive to grow.

15. Juniper
Juniper is popular in landscaping applications. And the oil can even be used in various products to add scent and flavor.

16. Hostas
Hostas are among the hardiest landscaping plants, and they’re in high demand across the country. You can even re-plant them from cuttings of existing ones.

17. Pine Trees
Pine trees are able to grow in various environments, even during cold winters. Then you can sell them to eager buyers during the Christmas season.

18. Pumpkins
Pumpkins are an especially popular crop during fall. So you can easily add them to an existing operation to bring more visitors during this growth cycle. Many growers offer them as a U-pick option for consumers. But you could also harvest your own and sell them to grocery stores or food producers.

19. Sorghum
Sorghum is similar to wheat, but it is included in many products and can be grown with less land. This ingredient is often included in beverages and syrups. So you may even create wholesale relationships with these suppliers to bring in ongoing revenue for your business.

20. Sunflower
Flowers in general can be profitable crops for growers who work with nurseries or florists. Sunflowers and particular can be quite hardy and command a significant price tag. When growing flowers, you may need significant space, but they are generally fairly easy to care for.

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