By Popular Demand, The 2011 Ingredients of the Week

We wish this announcement came on some brilliantly sunny day where spring dreams of sweet greens and strawberry pie are already dancing in your head like so many springy garlic scapes, but we are nonetheless proud to present the 2011 Ingredients of the Week. For those that need a reminder, each year Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and other Edibles in our foodshed host Eat Drink Local Week, seven days dedicated to doing exactly that. We do it with the help of wine shops, food markets, Greenmarkets, wineries, farms and last but not least, restaurants, the latter of which will be featuring these fantastic seven ingredients below from June 24th to June 3oth. They were chosen with your help, and a few of you lucky readers are getting free subscriptions for your thoughts on what to feature. Look for more on each of these fine foods, and why we chose each of them, in the coming weeks and don’t forget to post your spring food photos to our Eat Drink Local Flickr pool. Now, onto the good stuff:

THE 2011 SEVEN INGREDIENTS OF THE WEEK

1. Strawberries
2. Peas
3. Chives and Green Garlic
4. Rhubarb
5. Lamb
6. Oysters
7. Yogurt

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.