Tecklenberg Farms melons
Had a perfectly ripe Tecklenberg Farms melon (Ambrosia?) last night.
These are the only people I know who currently sell genuinely ripe melons of the cantaloupe / muskmelon type. (Having lived in Rome, home of the cantaloupe, and grown up in the Central Valley before the industry switched to the modern hybrids that tip off green, I have high standards.)
They have a stand at the Wednesday College of San Mateo farmers market, and in past years I've also found them at the Concord Tuesday market. I don't know if they're at the CSM Saturday market or the Concord Thursday market.
Tecklenberg is the only grower I know of that regularly sells ripe melons other than watermelons. There used to be a guy at the SF Ferry Buildinjg Saturday market who had great Persian melons but he died.
99% of the melons I find at farmers markets and Berkeley Bowl are unripe and to my taste inedible. Occasionally I find one that smells good but four times out of five it's either unripe or half-spoiled.
The industry is trying to do to melons what they've done to peaches, that is, develop high-sugar, low-acid hybrids that are edible when unripe. Galia's an increasingly popular example.