|Type(s)||Action - Gathering|
If there are 4 or more on the Farmers' Market Supply pile, take them and trash this. Otherwise, add 1 to the pile and then + per 1 on the pile.
Farmers' Market is an Action-Gathering card from Empires. It is a +Buy card that Gathers tokens and gives + for the first four out of five times played, whether by you or another player; it then trashes itself on the fifth play, and collects the Gathered . It is thus a one-shot if played when there are 4 on its Supply pile.
 Official FAQ
- The first time this is played, it produces + (and +1 Buy), the next time + , then + , then + , then the next time the player takes the 4 (and gets no + ), then the next time it is back to + .
- This still functions if the Farmers' Market pile is empty.
 Preview Analysis
Original article by AdamH
You may or may not already know this from other previews, so let's talk about the Gathering type. Some cards can puttokens on their supply piles, and then somehow you get those tokens. That's what Gathering cards do. Also, the wording about "4 or more": as of right now I don't know of a way to get more than 4 on the pile, but who knows, maybe it could come up in the future...
Let's do the "easy" comparison first: you play Farmers' Market five times, you get a total of, 5 buys, and 4 tokens. This comes out to an average of a card that looks like this:
Average Farmers' Market:Action +1 Buy + +0.8 tokens
Once you play this five times, trash it.
This looks like a pretty favorable comparison to Monument until you get to that last part, especially considering this guy only costs . Still, seems like a pretty solid card without even considering that it becomes very important when it's the only +Buy on the board -- it's like a Woodcutter/Monument mix, priced pretty competitively, but you have to re-buy it if you play it too much. I don't think the spiky distribution of money counts against it all that much. Let's put this in perspective, though, comparing favorably to Woodcutter and Monument is something many Dominion cards do quite easily, so that doesn't mean FM is a top-tier card in terms of power level (it isn't) -- the fact that it's pretty slow is something important to keep in mind.
And I should say that almost all of the time, you're going to want those points, getting the points is way, way better than getting money and the exceptions to this are rare.
Any time a card provides another way to score points, you have to figure out how many points you can score using that card, and how much time/work it will take to score those points (oh man you've already seen quite a lot of that in the previews and it's one of my favorite things about this set). We know that you can get up to 40Rogue or Graverobber on the board.tokens with Farmers' Market, which is enough to offset a 6-2 Province deficit. That's a lot of points, and even better, they're tokens which are way better than green cards. The potential of this card is huge. It even becomes infinite with
But you're not guaranteed to get all of those points: any of your opponents could hit the Province, that's a big deal. If you don't run the pile you can look at it like every time you manufacture a way to get those for yourself, you got 4 on your opponent, and every time you snipe one from your opponent, it's an 8 swing. Of course this is the most optimistic way to look at it in terms of points, but considering the potential of the card when uncontested or contested poorly is very important.jackpot after you've put all that hard work into getting those tokens on the pile. There's a dance to be danced to make sure you're getting more tokens than your opponent. Let's say that together you run the pile and get all 40 available, if you get 6 of those jackpots, that's an 8 swing you have, it's more than a
So what is this dance and how do you do it? Let's talk about the one-card kingdom of Farmers' Market: Certainly you get them, and it's just like any other non-drawing terminal, you want to play it a lot of turns but not have them collide. There's not much you can do here other than just get more of them to try playing FM more than your opponent, but there's a lot of luck involved here.
What about the case where there are no villages and you can somewhat reliably play Farmers' Market once per turn? The hilarious thing is that the right thing to do is to have the card in your deck, but don't play it if you think your opponent can get the on the following turn. So you can end up with this card in your deck that you have just for the threat of playing it. Good times, huh? In any case, it's certainly an opportunity to outwit your opponent. I should also say that in games with more than 2 players, something similar to this strategy ends up being good a lot of the time, where you don't play your Farmers' Markets unless you can get the VP that turn and/or it's far enough away that your control becomes too little to matter.
In some cases the buy is just more important than all of this hullabaloo, so you play it anyways, but I'd say this happens more in the late game and I wouldn't make a habit out of doing this.
Then there are the games when you can play multiple Farmers' Markets in a turn. You've got this terminal payload card that adds a new phase to the game where you're building up longer than normal because you get thesetokens in the process. The trick to dancing here is all about pile control, but this time you're controlling the number of tokens on the pile and not necessarily the number of cards in the pile. You'll have to keep track of how many FMs your opponent can play on a turn and try to build your deck so you can play more than them -- doing this gives you the trick of leaving the on the pile at juuuust the right amount where your opponent can't collect on their turn, but they also can't stop you from collecting on your next turn. Shutting them out like this is a big deal.
In this case, when you're looking for the best synergies, you find cards that work well with all kinds of terminal payload cards, so King's Court, Royal Carriage, and Throne Room are the stars of the show, though they don't actually increase the total number of you can get from Farmers' Markets in one game, sadly.
The neat thing, though, is that it actually plays nice with other terminal payload cards, since the Farmers' Markets will eventually go away and in the process they give you money and buys, which can be used to buy the terminal payload cards you can replace them with. For this reason, it is often good to get Farmers' Markets in the early-to-mid game as you're still building your deck, before going on to whatever other payload there is. Maybe you just want to replace it with terminal draw because you're greening. Maybe the other terminal payload is so strong that the points from FM are just too slow to compete so you skip it. Or maybe the other terminal payload helps you build up faster early and can win you the village split (being faster than a Woodcutter isn't terribly difficult to do).
So that's Farmers' Market. It gives youand it gives you a buy, which make it very important on a lot of boards, despite its slower tempo.
 English versions
|+1 Buy. If there are 4or more on the Farmers' Market Supply pile, take them and trash this. Otherwise, add 1 to the pile and then + per 1 on the pile.||Empires||June 2016|
 Other language versions
|Finnish||Maalaismarkkinat (lit. country fair)|
|Japanese||農家の市場 (pron. nōka no ichiba)|
|Russian||Фермерский Рынок (pron. fyermyerskiy rynok)|
 Secret Historyand trashed it at the same time you got the + . That was too big of a pay-off, so I separated out the . Before Farmers' Market I briefly tried an