Players 2-4
Length 20 minutes
Equipment Required standard piecepack
Designers DonKirkby and Jay Cormier
Version 1.1
Version Date2 Jan 2010
License CC-BY-SA 4.0


Competing farmers are all trying to use the same farmland to grow their crops. They realized that in order to keep the pests away it's best to mix the crops they grow onto the same field. The challenge is that the farmers can't agree on who should plant which crops. Players use seeds (coins) or dice to move their tractors (pawns) around the board while trying to form patterns with the seeds. Successful patterns are rewarded with prizes from the county fair, and collecting enough prizes wins the game. The seeds grow four different crops: arms are almonds, crowns are corn, moons are melons, and suns are sunflower seeds.


Rules can be downloaded or printed from Google Docs.

A modified version of the rules (rewritten for clarity and consistency) is on


This game was one of five winners of ToyVault's game design contest.

Cream of the Crop appeared on Day 3 of the LudicAdventCalendar in 2018.

It was included in The Infinite Board Game book.

Image credit

Farmer and Tractor, Oak Glen CA by inkknife_2000 / CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons (selected by RonHaleEvans)