Luffas make bathtime a little more fun. The fibrous natural sponges — not to be confused with the plastic puffs of the same name — gently exfoliate the skin and give your whole body a deep, sudsy clean. Contrary to popular perception, though, luffas are not sea sponges. They come from gourds that you can grow in your own home garden.
Brooke Isham, co-owner of lomah farmstead in Sangerville, started growing luffas two years ago to sell alongside her homemade soaps.
“We have chickens and sheep and bees and a big garden and greenhouse, and somewhere along the line I developed a soap making business, and that’s how I started growing luffas,” Isham said. “They’re just so much fun.”