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Win a Labor Day Bag of Gotta Haves

By Paige Brady, August 24, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
UPDATE: Congratulations to Birdie in Southern California for being comment #1838, which was randomly selected to win the Labor Day Gotta Haves. Thanks to everyone for sharing the great memories. We hope every has a memorable Labor Day this year!
What's on your "Gotta Have" list for Labor Day festivities? Here's ours: To celebrate the end of summer, we're giving away a bag filled with all of the ingredients needed for these "gotta haves" - enough for a Labor Day party for 8 to 10. Fun! We're also throwing in a $50 gift card so you can load up on your favorite condiments — think ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickles, relish — and any other gotta haves for a perfect end-of-summer party. To enter, simply share a little about your most memorable summer. Maybe it was the summer you learned to drive, or the year you took that sightseeing road trip with the family. Maybe it was a summer spent as an exchange student or the summer consumed with learning about young love. Share the year if you dare date yourself! Whatever it was, let us know in the comments below by August 31st and we'll choose one lucky commenter at random to receive a blowout Labor Day Gotta Haves package. One catch: since many of these items are perishable (like awesome grass-fed ground beef!), to be eligible for the prize you must be able to pick up your winnings from one of our stores. We'll notify the winner by email on September 1st, and you can pick up your prize from September 2nd through the 5th at your local Whole Foods Market store. So, let's hear it! What was your most memorable summer?

 

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Emily says ...
My most memorable summer was our first real family vacation with our first son Jake. We visited Charleston, SC, with my inlaws. Seeing his face light up on the carriage ride through the city, taking pictures of him on the USS Yorktown, and seeing MeeMaw and PeePaw enjoying him was absolutely heartwarming. Not to mention the fantastic food in the city!! There's nothing like a big bowl of shrimp and grits to make me miss the South!!! (we live in Kansas)
08/27/2010 8:22:18 AM CDT
Laura Zielke says ...
My most memorable summer is the summer of 2010. This summer, we moved from dry, hot, arid rural Nevada to wet, hot, humid urban North Carolina. The change is a welcome one, especially since we are 45 minutes CLOSER to a Whole Foods Market! The move brought us closer to friends and civilization. We called it the "movecation" and enjoyed visiting many great American sites along the way. Some of our favorite things were: 1. The Titanic Artifact Exhibit in Las Vegas; 2. The fabulous sunsets every night; 3. Staying at a motel on Route 66; 4. Spending a day at the Grand Canyon, hiking the rim, and taking time to truly appreciate the beauty; 5. A surprise side trip to Walnut Canyon where Native Americans made their homes in the sides of mountains; 6. Rain; 7. Lunch at B.B. King's Blues Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis, TN; 8. Arriving to a group of friends who had worked all morning (and the previous week) on our new house to get it ready for us. All-in-all, this has been the best summer of my life. Did I mention we are 45 minutes closer to a Whole Foods Market? Yeah, that is one of the best things about the move. (And I'm not just saying that. I'm serious!)
08/27/2010 8:19:07 AM CDT
Rebecca says ...
When I was 15 - had my first "love" spent the summer at the pool, and my first kiss.
08/27/2010 8:18:09 AM CDT
Valerie says ...
My best summer memory is bonfires on the beach in the cape after eating a million fried clams.
08/27/2010 8:21:25 AM CDT
Michelle says ...
My most memorable summer was actually last summer (2009) when my newly blended family all went to Disney World... myself, my new husband, my 2 daughters, my step-son and my step-daughter. It was a great time of bonding as we became a new family.
08/27/2010 8:21:55 AM CDT
Brittany V. says ...
My most memorable summer was the summer of 1999. I spent a couple of weeks in Europe with a group of friends. We had such a great time touring France and Spain. I will remember that trip forever.
08/27/2010 8:20:49 AM CDT
Toni says ...
Redoing my best friend's daughter's room as a surprise! 4 days of fellowship and fun!
08/27/2010 8:20:41 AM CDT
Lauren says ...
One of my favorite summers was the summer before my senior year of college (2003). I went home to hang out with my family before I went off into the "real world" after I graduated. My favorite thing to do was sit on the back porch with my Dad in the early evening and watch fireflies while drinking mint juleps.
08/27/2010 8:20:30 AM CDT
Jhesi says ...
This summer (2010) has been my most memorable. I became a vegan in January, and have enjoyed experimenting with new foods on the grill and in the garden. I have learned so much and enjoy sharing my new found foods with the carnivores in my house.
08/27/2010 8:20:28 AM CDT
Jennifer says ...
I have so many great memories of family vacations. I just got back from vacationing in Colorado near Pagosa Springs. Escaping the Florida heat and humidity was just what I needed. The first day I ran for over an hour and didn't sweat hardly at all. Getting in activity in the clean air was definitely my goal. I rented a mountain bike for only 30 dollars and rode twice. My parents were nice enough to walk the trail with me the first day to see if I could handle it by myself. It ended up being a 3 hour hike which was alot for them! We also ate good food including salmon tacos from the local brewery. They were served with asiago cheese, cabbage and a roasted red pepper sauce. Delicious! The last day we took a drive to Ouray, Colorado. A small town nestled in the mountains, Ouray reminds you of a village in the Swiss Alps. On the way back, it was raining and snowing in the mountains. I am glad to be back home in Florida, but it is always good to get away.
08/27/2010 8:20:20 AM CDT
Srividya K says ...
This has got to be the best summer - spending lots of time at the pool and parks with my 3.5 yo and 1yo and getting to enjoy summer through their eyes. It's the simple things that them so much joy.
08/27/2010 8:17:28 AM CDT
kileah mcilvain says ...
My favourite summer memory is the one I spent teaching in Northern China. We lived near a small village that we'd drive to at dusk when all the families would come out with their oil drum halved charcoal grills and season lamb, chicken, squid, pork and dog to perfection, serving the grilled succulent spicy meat on slender bamboo skewers of 25 or 50. As the humid air from the day cooled and the haze and smells of village nightlive kicked into gear, we'd perch around devouring our meat and rounding out the taste with a warm Tsing Tao beer.
08/27/2010 8:17:01 AM CDT
gina goings says ...
summer 09 was the best. My family and I took a trip back east to see more family. My 17 year old son and I spent a day in new york down in the village back to school shopping. We had a great time, I know my way around and went to the most hippest stores to shop and had NY pizza. In my sons eyes at 47 I think I was cool for 1 day, what more could I ask for.
08/27/2010 8:17:00 AM CDT
Jessica says ...
So many summers, so many memories. I would have to say that the summer of 2007 when I got married was pretty memorable!
08/27/2010 8:16:58 AM CDT
Mindy Beeby says ...
Going to grandmas and picking blackberries for homemade Blackberry Cobbler and snapping green beans on the porch! Yummy- and I looked forward to going every Summer...
08/27/2010 8:20:19 AM CDT
Amber says ...
My most memorable summer was this summer. I met a wonderful person who has become my best friend in the world. Even though he lives far away, we try to see each other once a month and have one fun weekend going where the roads take us. I'll always remember 2010.
08/27/2010 8:16:55 AM CDT
Erika Bruce says ...
My most memorable Summer is actually this year. We just moved half-cross country to the East Coast and on the way we stopped at different places, Texas, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky. What beautiful country we have.
08/27/2010 8:16:53 AM CDT
Aileen Bailin says ...
My favorite summer was the summer of 02. We were still newlyweds and spent the entire summer entertaining. We must have had a BBQ every weekend.
08/27/2010 8:16:22 AM CDT
leslie F says ...
My favorite part of summer is when I can eat tomatoes fresh off the plant, with a little bit of salt and pepper. They are so flavorful, with the deep, rich taste that proves summer is fantastic!
08/27/2010 8:15:54 AM CDT
Amanda Fleming says ...
My most memorable summer was way back when I was 12 years old. My little sister, my older cousin and I stayed at my grandparents house for a full week. We spent the whole week swimming in the pool and catching bugs and snakes. We also had dozens of chocolate ice cream cones and toast with apple butter. I wish I could do it again.
08/27/2010 8:15:45 AM CDT
Ilinda says ...
My husband and I were married the summer of 1975. This year we celebrated our 35th anniversary by taking a two day getaway to the mountains of Vermont. God has been good!
08/27/2010 8:15:33 AM CDT
Autumn says ...
Summer 2003- The last few months of my study abroad in Australia.
08/27/2010 8:15:11 AM CDT
Mya says ...
This summer will probably become my most memorable summer seeing as it has such high stature already. I partook in a summer abroad intensive through my art school and spent a month in Sorrento, Italy. Many of my dreams were fulfilled on this trip where I spent a month in a 5 star hotel on the coast waking up at 6 to do yoga before painting the Bay of Naples from sunrise to sunset. I explored the ruins Pompeii, climbed Mt. Vesuvius, was mugged in Napoli, sweated in Rome, ate gluten free Italian pizza and pasta, drank great wine, took a ride with a tall, dark and handsome Italian man on his motorini, swam in the coves of Capri, etc etc etc The most amazing memories were built this summer, memories I never thought could be mine.
08/27/2010 8:14:42 AM CDT
Jamie says ...
My most memorable summer was just last year, when my beautiful neice, Summer, was born! Just like the season she shares a name with, she has brought warmth and sunshine into our lives!
08/27/2010 8:13:58 AM CDT
Erika says ...
The best summer of my life would certainly be the year I moved to New York City. That is actually this year-2010! The summer to end a decade and start another. I moved here because I'd have an opportunity to recycle things for a living, but also because treehugger named NYC the greenest place to live in the US. The first thing I blogged about was how excited I am to have access to a Whole Foods. Caring about the world is a common theme for me so it goes with out saying what I eat is a top priority. Enjoying life is a close second! Heirloom Tomatoes in the summer of 2010. That's a key ingredient to making it unforgettable!
08/27/2010 8:13:17 AM CDT

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