Finca Santa Marta – An Organic Finca in Panama

Organic farming in Panama

Collard Greens January 15, 2012

Filed under: Greens — kimlmiller @ 3:45 am

Collard Greens are a very nutritious green.  They are in the same family as kale and cabbage, contain high levels of  Vit A, C & K, calcium and anti-cancer agents.  The good news is that they taste great too.  This variety has a very mild flavor.

Use the leaves as wraps to save carbs.  These wraps are still raw even though they seem slightly cooked.  Very tasty and high in nutrition.

Remove the large stem down the center of each leaf and separate it into 2 pieces.  In a pie plate or lasagne pan, combine 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1 tsp sea salt.  Stir to dissolve.  Dip both sides of each collard leaf in the lemon juice liquid and lay them in a casserole dish stacking as you go.  Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.  This is to soften the leaves so that they roll easily and chew and also the leaves take on a different texture that is very appealing.  Nutritious and satisfying.

Lather on some of your favorite sauce or filling across the center on each leaf.  Julienne some vegetables making them long enough to hang out both sides of the wrap.  Zucchini, yellow squash, cucumber, jicama, sweet pepper, celery, and scallions are good choices for this.  Adding shredded carrots and beets to add texture and flavor to your creation.  A variety of sprouts such as alfalfa, red clover, broccoli, mung bean, sunflower or others add nice crunch.  Herbs such as cilantro, parsley, garlic chives, or your favorite round out the creation.  When you have the wrap full enough, roll them up.  Serve with additional sauce and enjoy!

A wonderful sauce to use is Raw Cashew Lime Ginger Coconut Dip!  Cover 2 cups raw shelled cashews with water and soak for 2-4 hours.  Drain the cashews.  In a blender, add the cashews, 1 lime, peeled, 1 inch ginger (Cut into smaller pieces before adding to the blender.), 1 Tbsp Nama Shoyu (raw soy sauce) or soy sauce, 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted.  Blend together well and use.  Scrap the blender good as you’ll want every drop.

Experiment with other sauces, nut and seed pates, other fillings and different vegetables and herbs.  Find out your favorite and share it with us.


An update from Finca Santa Marta January 1, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ron Miller @ 2:25 pm


Good morning from chilly Virginia. Currently it is 30 degrees here in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, headed to a high of 59. While it has been much milder here on the east coast so far this winter, (I have been here since Dec. 9th) Kim and I are anxious to return to our tropical, organic farm, Finca Santa Marta where we are entering a new era.

We have been on this project for over 5 years. From our original starting place of searching for the right farm, to purchasing a mediocre cattle grazing farm, to developing a productive, sustainable organic vegetable and fruit farm, we have come a long way. And we are just getting started.

We are very excited about our newly arrived co-managers at the farm, Justin and Jenny. They bring to us some youthful exuberance and an ever increasing knowledge of organic farming along with additional ideas about future sustainability. What we learn at FSM will be taught to locals and expats so that we all can have safe, healthy food now and in the future. We are working hard to increase the varieties grown and also to increase production. Every time you purchase something from FSM you are supporting the future of healthy eating in Chiriqui.

This picture is of our new almasigo or plant nursery during it’s construction last Sept.  Kim will be working on getting it set up and into full production as soon as she arrives next week.

We have again been asked to give a program on organic farming at the Tuesday Morning Meeting in Boquete sometime in Feb. Watch for that up coming announcement.

In the mean time you can check out our web site at to pre-order for the Tuesday Market in Boquete or the Friday Market in Volcan. Residents between Boquete and Concepcion can negotiate with us a delivery/dropoff point for Tuesday afternoon.

Or check out our blog (which we promise to start updating at least weekly)

We invite anyone interested in arranging a tour of our farm to contact us for details.

Here is very good video I ran across earlier this morning about a doctor who reversed the effects of her own MS with a diet rich in leafy greens.

Please fell free to contact me via the email address attached to this update.

Hasta luego,
Ron and Kim Miller