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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)

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!)

Rebecca says …

When I was 15 - had my first "love" spent the summer at the pool, and my first kiss.

Valerie says …

My best summer memory is bonfires on the beach in the cape after eating a million fried clams.

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.

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.

Toni says …

Redoing my best friend's daughter's room as a surprise! 4 days of fellowship and fun!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

Autumn says …

Summer 2003- The last few months of my study abroad in Australia.

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.

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!

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!

Kate Snodgrass says …

When thinking back to my most memorable summer a few came to mind. The most memorable of them all was the summer I was sixteen and a half & newly driving long distances. That summer I drove to camp to serve for 2 weeks. When the two weeks were up I drove home exhausted. A tire blow out occurred on a lonely country highway. Only high grass and a gravel road were close by. Thankfully a man in a truck helped put a spare tire on my vehicle. I proceeded to drive home very slowly from there. It took almost twice the time to get home but I was oh so grateful.

Angela Regan says …

My most memorable summer was when I was about 19, I went with a college roommate and her mom to Myrtle Beach for a week. We stayed in a beach house that was oceanfront. It was so much cooler than staying in a hotel. The house had a screened in porch oceanside with a hammock.Laying in that hammock, with the sea breeze blowing in and listening to the waves, was so peaceful.

Kelly says …

It's so hard to pick one. Every summer is a great summer. Sun, sand, long days, sleeping late. The best!

Suzette Greer says …

Summer is a new chapter in my life's book each year; I try to relish those gone by and look forward to those ahead. But there are a few incredible memories of summers past. One of those includes traveling with our pet Blue Jay, “Pickle” to our cottage on Lake Erie in Ohio; there was a miraculous ending. We lived in Tampa, FL at the time, so this was a long, long trip and included 2 hotel stays. We were raising Pickle to be released, but he was orphaned at the same time of our annual pilgrimage to the lake, so he had to come along on our adventure. Pickle traveled alongside us in the car, as had "TJ" the cat, "Snoopy" the dog, and many other furry & feathered friends, and later even included “Odine” the raccoon. But Pickle didn't quite know he was a bird. He sat on the steering wheel and hopped from head to head to get the best views out of the window. He perched in a cage a night in the hotels and woke us well before the alarm. Pickle loved fresh fruits and berries, organic seeds and fresh bread, and the obvious: worms. We would stop at farmers markets and little stores along the way, and of course, a few bait shops, to satisfy his needs. When we arrived at the lake, Pickle delighted in his newly learned skill of flying and flew laps throughout the cottage. He would land on my dear grandfather's head and we would all belly laugh. One day we decided the time was right to let him fly outdoors. We released him and he promptly flew to the tallest tree. He screamed there for hours. He was NOT ready to be on his own, and he was squawking at us as if to say "Get me down from here!" After getting a ladder, climbing the tree and shimmying out onto a branch, Pickle flew onto my head. I then climbed back down, and took him back to the ‘safety’ of the cottage. Shaking our heads with disbelief, we decided to wait until summer's end, and to release him in Virginia on our way home. We did release him in Pound, VA, into a beautiful little area owned mostly by our relatives called Mill Creek. We were told the most miraculous part of this story months later. It seemed that Pickle couldn't resist humans. One day he flew down to the porch of the local store, and onto one of the wheelchairs of an invalid couple. They thought it was a miracle; they didn't know about Pickle's journey, and we never told them. This was one of my most memorable summers…

Mary Colangelo says …

I don't remember the year but there were many on Little Sebago Lake in Gray, Maine with my grandmom. Our grandmother swam in the lake with us and played games with us, made homemade doughnuts and other treats, told us stories, cleaned the fish we caught in early morning, and cooked them for breakfast...as a child, I lived for those summers in Maine. Those summers were summers of magic that I want to live now.

jayedee says …

my most memorable summer was the year my kids had chickenpox. the first one broke out the week that school ended for the summer and the last one broke out the week before school started in the fall.....i had one itchy kid at a time.....ALL summer. we spent our summer taking oatmeal baths and dabbing on calamine lotion lol

Kelsey says …

My most memorable summer would be when I was about six or seven. My mom would always call us in from playing and have all this fresh fruit cut up, and sometimes cookies, for my sisters and I and even for some of the neighbor's kids too. What a life, playing and eating good food all day everyday! I can't wait to be a mom like that for my kids.

Isabel says …

Best summer was four years ago. I graduated from doctoral school, my son was playing little league, and we won, making it all the way to their world series. Spent the summer traveling by car with family and friends. Lots of BBQ's, sun, and nights lighting up the sky with fireworks.

Thea says …

My most memorable summer was in 2000, when I spent it in Kenya. I got to spend my summer with awesome people in a wonderful country. Great landscapes, food and culture. I made lifelong friends and I'll never forget that trip. I'm a mom now and I hope I can bring my daughter and my husband there someday so they can experience a little bit of what I did.

Lynn R says …

My most memorable summer was 2002 - 8 years ago - the last time we all went on vacation together. The 3 of us - my 6 year old daughter (at the time), my husband, & myself. It was a very enjoyable vacation with all of us being together & having the time of our lives. We went to the beach, walked the board walk at night, did some shopping, & ate good food. Unfortunately, the economy has gotten the best of us & we haven't been on vacation since then. But those memories will never be forgotten.

onemotherslove says …

When I was little, my favorite summers were lived in my swimsuit. We had an above ground pool and I was in it every day, all day. It was great because we didn't have air conditioning, so I stayed cool. We often had friends over because not everyone had a pool back then. Good times. I'd love to win the prize pack!!

Carisa says …

I'm having a hard time determining the most memorable because two very important milestones are battling it out...In the summer of 2007 I finally married the love of my life. We had a beautiful August wedding surrounded by people we love! It wasn't extravagant but it was a perfect day filled with happiness, good food, lots of dancing, and even a quick run to the bar next door (in the middle of the reception) for a group shot with our guests! Now I reflect on this summer which has me 8 months pregnant with our first child. Our little girl has been kicking up a storm, keeping me up at night and growing bigger every day! Everyone seems to feel bad that I get to "deal with" this last trimester during the summer, but I just feel blessed to able to have these moments as part of my life. I joke that, although she is due a the end of September, this Labor Day may take on a whole other meaning for my husband and I!

H. Elliott says …

Every summer is my favorite summer! This year has to top my list. My grandmother turned 80, and to celebrate we all met at the beach. My grandfather had passed away in the winter and the oil spill had happened. We really cherished that family time and the ability to go the beach. We enjoyed the wonder of it all. That's a great summer!

Becky Sher says …

I remembered one summer in Hong Kong when I was a teenager, our family was having a barbecue in the Garden of Falls within walking distance from home. The roaring of the falls was loud but soothing. Dad was enjoying his freshly grilled honey BBQ chicken wing with his hands while I took a picture of him. It captured the contentment and love overflowing from his bright eyes and a big smile on the face. The picture was long gone, but I will always see my late father's face at that moment.

Poopak says …

My most memorable summer is the summer of 2008 that my sister and my parents visited me in US and we made trip to San Diego and LA. Our breakfast was at the Whole foods market in La Jola and lunch and dinner at local restuarants.

James Parkert says …

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Susan Lamb says …

The summer I was 15 was the first landing on the moon. I spent the summer in Kentucky with my cousins and we stayed up all night to watch. It was an amazing sight. My cousin had a 65 Dodge Dart convertible and we had a grand time with the top down, going to town to the A&amp;W Root Beer Stand. Those were the days!

Robin Karwowski says …

In 2004 I spent the Summer studying abroad in London. This was the most educational and culturally challenging experience of my life. I learned so much about myself and my world. It lead to a school major change to International Studies and a several more trips abroad. I found a passion and a love for foreign policy and credit that summer.

Kristine says …

My most memorable summer was a summer in High School that my mom flew me to CA to stay with my grandparents. Their friends had some kids that were a few years older than me and they took me around CA during those weeks and I had so much fun! From bonfires on the beach, learning how to drive on mountain roads, to a double date with cute guys in a 4 person airplane where they flew us down the coast for dinner and back, I will NEVER forget that summer!

Beverly Hall says …

My most memorable summer was this summer (2010). My grandaughter, husband and I started a garden as a hobby and it turned into a neighborhood produce stand. We supplied tomatoes, cucumbers and squash to neighbors and co-workers, but most of all it was a learning experience for Camrynn, my 9 year old granddaughter. She didn't like tomatoes before, but now she likes them fresh from the garden. We harvested corn, okra, broccoli, all types of peppers both sweet and hot, we ran from frogs in the garden, Camrynn fought dragon flies, played in the water, picked all kinds of veggies she'd never seen anywhere else but the grocery store, but most of all, we had loads of fun and took tons of pictures. Now we're making marinara sauce out of the abundance of tomatoes left so that we can remember summer all winter long.

Sarah says …

My most memorable summer was the summer when I got engaged to my husband, 23 years ago. I don't think any summer will top that one, for me.

Susie Davis says …

One of my most memorable summers was 2009. We traveled across country and visited many new places. Virginia Beach and Washington, D.C. were two of the fun places we stayed. Of course the most fun we had was exploring Manhatten for the first time and discovering a Whole Foods in the Time Warner building and stopping by for lunch. Nothing like finding something familiar amid the unfamiliar! Just a great time traveling with family!

amber says …

My most memorable summer is the current one. My 3 children are all old enough to go in the pool by themselves and everyday they were in it for either an hour or all day long. Our weekly thursday trip was to the farmers marker. We went berry pick many times and had a fantastic 2 week vacation in Myrtle beach. We still have a few weeks left before school starts. Although the weather is starting to cool down here we are going apple picking next week and building a camp fire. Should be lots of fun.

Christienne Miller says …

This summer 2010 was the most memorable for me because I got to teach my 3 1/2 year old about the wonders of kayaking and the beauty of the waterways in Tennessee. It was also remarkable because I reconciled with my father, after not having contact with him for 20 years. I also was blessed with meeting my 1/2 brother, who is now 24 years old. Though I was born in the original summer of love, 2010 is my summer of love!

Luke S says …

My most memorable summer was probably the summer I turned 17. My friends and I had just gotten our licences and we had so many possibilities. We just drove around and adventured. It was fantastic.

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