A Santa Barbara melon that won’t let you down

This is the perfect summer melon.

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Choosing the right melon can be tough. Sometimes they’re tasteless. Sometimes they’re mealy. And, you never really know until you crack one open.

But, Ellie Patterson from Here’s the Scoop, a Montecito sorbet and gelato shop, swears she’s found a variety that never lets her down: Ambrosia melon from Shepherd Farms.

Katie Hershfelt met up with her at the market.

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Ellie Patterson takes her shopping very seriously. (Kathryn Barnes/KCRW)

46779dbe-785d-426d-a5fd-f255ed770bbb (1)Here are some of Ellie’s favorite farmers market flavors:

  • Strawberry guava and sapote sorbet from Rancho Santa Cecilia
  • Chocolate and roasted beets gelato from Roots Organic
  • Pumpkin gelato from Roots Organic
  • Ambrosia melon sorbet from Shepherd Farms
  • Lemon lavender sorbet from Earthtrine Farm