i'm playing carcassonne with my lady and her daughter. it's angela's (daughter)5th game. she places a farmer on her 4th go on a field that has one unfinished city.
"it's a bit soon to be doing that" i say.
she replies "but farmers need to get up early"
I have Carcassonne for the iPod Touch and when playing online I noticed a lot of players actually doing this. They will often play one of their meeples in a farm very early into the game, so early sometimes there aren't even completed cities in the area.