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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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Patti says …

My most memorable summer was when my kids wer little at Myrtle beach, i am a grandma now so that was a long time ago.

Kristie says …

This summer has been my most memorable! For several years now, my son Sean has endured a very limited menu. This summer we received the amazing news that Sean appears to be growing out of some of his food allergies! We became huge fans of Whole Foods because it was really the only place in the world where he could eat uninhibitedly. Although Sean is not "cured", it gives us hope.

Lisa says …

My most memorable summer was in 2000, when I married my BEST friend! Since then we have come a LONG way...especially when it comes to eating more nutritious foods. Within the last year we have gone mostly organic, and wow what a difference in our family's health and mood.

Haley says …

I'll never forget the summer I spent in Australia--how hot the heavy the air was, and how young I felt. I swam the Great Barrier Reef at night, and watched the world glow underwater. The reef fish eating the coral sounded like my family eating crunchy cereal in the morning. To think all those colors and animals might be gone in my lifetime--I'm very lucky to have spent the best summer of my life there.

Candace Kitchin says …

My most memorable summer was when I flew to Georgia to surprise my friend for her 40th birthday. She was camping with friends. Her husband picked me up at the Atlanata airport in a small plane. We flew to Toccoa and got in their boat to get to the other side of the lake where I surprised my friend. I had two suitcases full of food and woks and proceeded to prepare a Chinese feast over a campfire for 8 people. That was over ten years ago and we still laugh about it like it was last weekend.

Jayme says …

My most memorable summer was 2008. I stayed at an eco-village in Scotland for a month and learned hands-on about organic farming and sustainable agriculture/building. I came back to the States energized and changed for life. That summer, I signed up for a community-supported agriculture program, began my own composting, and cultivated a home garden that produces enough vegetables and herbs for my family and many friends. I have since then learned how to further maximize the garden by drying herbs, preserving vegetables, and making my own stock; by doing this, I take summer with me well into the fall and winter!

atxitmom says …

My most memorable summer was when we took a family vacation to South Dakota; I was eight years old. Yes, we went to all the typical tourist attractions but I still loved it. Like most family vacations, we camped most of the time and stayed at Motel 6 for a night or two. We saw Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, a train museum, went to Hot Springs, a storyland park, Jewel Caves and Wind Caves, Needles, and much more. What a blast!

rose says …

The summer I spent seeing Niagara Falls...it was breathtaking and beautiful, an unforgettable experience!

Patti Thomas says …

My most memorable summer ever has been the one just ending. My almost 10-year-old daughter and I drove west (from IL), intending to drive to Oregon, with a detour at Yellowstone on the way, and Rocky Mountain National Park on our return trip. Her first long trip, and first ever camping experiences. After minor car glitches in Cody, WY, we headed into Yellowstone, and never wanted to leave! We were privileged to see bison, a wolf, elk, a black bear, and a grizzly who wandered past our campground. The geyser basins fascinated her, and we spent many hours wandering them, and watching for eruptions. We met many wonderful people, and had as-yet unsurpassed fun. Oh, and we never made it to Oregon! Next trip.

Ericka Lee says …

The summer of 88 my soon to be husband and I rode cross country on a motorcycle from East coast to West coast visiting all the National Parks. We took a month, we had a great time getting in touch with nature and enjoying life.

Tiffany says …

My most memorable summer was at my Uncles farm. He had a real traditional family farm with cows and pigs and horses and fields of hay and wheat. He let me drive the tractor:)

Elaine says …

I love the grass fed beef from Whole Foods. I can't find this product anywhere and I love shopping at Whole Foods. I appreciate that you offer this product.

John says …

My most memorable summer was the year I drove cross country with my daughter and son in law. It was an amazing experience and the sights were phenomenal.

Monica says …

Every summer, there is one best memorable fun times! This year, I went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with my brothers and their girlfriends. BEST time ever! Beautiful city and culture! Fantastic place to vacation in Mexico (tho this is the first city I'm visiting). Barcelo Hotel/Resort is the best resort to stay with great food and drinks all day long! And so much talented unique artists. And ziplined for the first time in the jungle was amazing experience! unforgettable times....

Loralee says …

My most memorable summer was our family vacation to Quebec and Maine where we saw a moose cross the road on our drive as well as so much natural beauty.

Janice Poole says …

WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, SUMMERS WERE OPEN DAYS OF PLAY, THE SMELL OF NEW MOWED GRASS, TRIPS TO THE BEACH AND MY GRANDMOTHER'S FARM, BUTTERFLIES AND FLOWERS, SUNDAY BARBECUES WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF MARKET FRESH FRUITS (WATERMELON, PEACHES AND CANTALOUPE) AND VEGETABLES (PEAS TO BE SHELLED, CORN TO BE SHUCKED) AND THE BIG TREAT, HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!! LABOR DAY HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE SUMMER HOLIDAY. SINCE THE HOLIDAY IS ALWAYS THE FIRST MONDAY; MANY YEARS IT COINCIDED WITH MY MOTHER'S SEPTEMBER 1 BIRTHDAY (SHE PASSES AWAY THIS PAST DECEMBER) SO THERE WAS ALWAYS CAKE AS WELL!!!

Betty Dickinson says …

My most memorable summer was spent at Girl Scout Camp Whippoorwill on the Magothy River. I was about 11 year old, and it's where I learned to do a mean backstroke, make a lovely lanyard ( reference Billy Collins' wonderful poem) and sleep on a canvas cot. We slept in a tent which was on an open air wooden platform, with our beds draped with mosquito nets. Our meals were Spartan and no one ever heard of sunscreen. Jellyfish ruled the river, and we learned to ignore and swim through them. Slightly red welts were part of the game. Having committed to two weeks of this first-time -away-from-home experience, I finally called my Dad to come rescue me, and yet to this day, I'm still wondering why I have such fond memories of my summer near the Bay.

Lynne Kinsey says …

My Most memorable summers are many and hard to narrow down. •As a child I lost a summer when I had major head surgery and then had the long recovery. (This is memorable, but not positively.) *Summer vacations with my family--all in Northern California--while growing up. •The summer we got married and honeymooned by driving north along the coast to Mendocino. •Summer vacations with our daughter growing up and seeing things through her eyes. •The summer I returned from my Junior-Year-Abroad and traveled with a friend and a Eurail-Pass all over Europe. •The summer we went on a European River Cruise--just the two of us and all the other passengers. •The summers where we did nothing special, just stayed home, relaxed, got things done, and saw local sites. I am really not sorry I could not narrow this down. These are all memorable to me and I am sure that I'll think of many more after I send this.

Susan Shortall says …

I have some great memories of the summers growing up in Rhode Island. We would get together at our house with my mom's sisters (five) and their families and have backyard cook-outs. We'd also go to my aunt's house in Middletown, RI (near Newport beaches). We'd have the usual summer foods--hotdogs, burgers, chicken, steaks, corn-on-the-cob (done on/in the grill)--nothing organic or natural in those days, but what did we know back then! My mom would make the best potato and macaroni salad and a big, green salad was always on the table. We'd all gather after a huge meal to play a game of badminton or croquet or, if in Middletown, a trip to the beach was in order, and then by late afternoon-early evening, be ready for more great food. Those were good, simple times.

Vicki Nesbitt says …

best Labor Day picnic ever - back in the 1950s, when my cousins and I were preteens, our entire extended family got togther in my Aunt Leora/Uncle Pauls back yard in Western NY state and cooked out. Burgers, tomatoes fresh from their garden and sweet corn from garden to finish in 15 minutes, homemade vittles included mayo, bread and butter and watermelon pickles, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (yummy!) and after the feast was over, catching fireflies in mason jars in the deepening gloaming, watching the freight trains go by while sitting under the rocking chair front porch, and taking an hour to finally get in the car and say good-night. Simple pleasures, to be sure. Fortunes come and go, friends are often temporary, family ties last forever.

Sharyn Caldwell says …

This past July,my 18 month old granddaughter and I baked a cake together.It was a sweet bonding experience.

Kathy Danko says …

The greatest summer was going swimming almost everyday and having cookouts with the best corn on the cob from NE Pennsylvania and roasting marshmellows on an open fire by the lake until they melted in your mouth.

Georgia says …

every summer brings fabulous memories - they just keep growing and getting better and better - friends, family, food, fun times! what can be better?

Shirley says …

My most memorable summer was 1967 when my husband and I took an across the country trip from Arlington, TX to California in our 1965 Bahama Blue VW Beetle without air conditioning. We had never been in the southwest having lived in Illinois all our lives. It was our first year of marriage. We stayed in motels along the way and enjoyed the local cuisine in each local. All of it was new and delicious, Mexican food, American Indian food, California fresh from the farm fruits and veggies, and Las Vegas buffets!

Sheri Boehm says …

My favorite summer was just 2 short years ago at a lake in Minnesota. Our family is pretty spread out across the country and it had been more than 10 years since we had all been together. We spent a week in a cabin fishing, swimming, playing games, and laughing. We even had "Summer Olympics" that was so fun we vowed to make the trip an annual one. Turns out, that would be the last time my dad would spend with his whole family. He lost his battle with cancer in January of this year and was too sick to make the trip in 2009. I cherish that summer and the memories and pictures it brought.

Minta says …

My most memorable summer was back in July 1991. Young enough to not know the burdens of life yet; catching june bugs and crawlfish in the creek down by my grandparents house. Grandparents helping us shoot off fireworks and giving us sparklers to chaise around the yard. Those were the days.

Susan Horsley says …

My most memorable summer was the summer of 1992. My husband and I were dating and we would spend many a weekends at a local state park, hiking and getting to know each other. After 16 years of marriage and 3 kids later, he is still the man I fell in love with all those years ago! We have become more health conscious over the years and have recently taken up running and organic eating! I love him more every day!

hyesun says …

i've had many memorable summers, but i'd have to say last summer (2009) was a great one. i went to hawaii to work on an organic farm for 2 1/2 weeks and it was a very remote, untouristy, primitive part of hawaii. it was absolutely beautiful, first of all. the farm that i worked on was pretty much self sustaining, with solar energy and a rain catchment system. we had outdoor showers and lived in small cabins with no glass windows - just screens. i loved it. we worked about 4 hours a day on the farm and usually were done by 11 am. then we would have the rest of the day to explore or hitch a ride to town. i met so many interesting characters and ate many exotic yummy fruits that i'd never heard of or eaten, like mame sapote, passionfruit, eggfruit, etc. it was wonderful and i will go back someday!

julie says …

Before this summer I would struggle to think which summer was the most memorable to me. I have spent many a summers abroad meeting people of other cultures, studying and just having fun in new countries but now I would say the most memorable summer was this summer 2010. My beautiful daughter was born after thinking I would never have a child. Although it was a hot summer and I could not wait for her to get here being able to spend lots of time with her so far is the most rewarding event that could ever happen to me. I am thankful that whole foods is nearby now so that i can eat healthy for her and continue to feed her fresh and organic produce.

Jonnie says …

This year is my most memorable summer ever. We got a chance to have even more parties and BBQ's then the norm. With the new addition of babies ,kids birthdays and all the graduations We got to see alot of folks we don't see often and got to enjoy great food and beverages with friends and family.

Ernesto Berdu says …

The summer was amazing for me because my mother came to USA from my country I spend a lot time with her also get my mom to whole food market after that she always asked me to go shopping to whole food market thank you

Jane Kotsonis says …

The summer I was 13, my sister, brothers, and parents spent three months in my uncle's house in Montauk. Sometimes we rode the resident vintage bikes down to the fishing dock, and caught mackerel, snapper & eel. We would load up our baskets, ride home & daddy would clean our catch & grill em up. We spent hours scouring Gin Beach for seaglass, always hoping for that extra special green-blue prize. Our nana had a huge garden. We'd head out in the late afternoon to pick corn, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes - anything and everything was on the menu, and we spent the summer growing it ourselves. Dinner was always a group event. My uncles would set up the tables on the outside patio, and mommy & us kids would get the dishes/forks & cups ready. Italian music would be blaring in the background. Wine and daquiries, egg creams and shirley temples... After gorging on fresh fish, backyard veggies & summer fruit, we would have watermelon seed spitting contests off the patio. Every odd year or so, a watermelon sprouts up off that patio to remind us of a most memorable summer.

Kelsey Giroux says …

The summer that most sticks out in my mind is the summer of 06 when my friends and I, Tonya and Rosie, would load up the car with a picnic and drive to Saratoga Wyoming. And the best part wasn't the famous ice cream at Lollipops we always got, or feeding the ducks at the platte river, or even swimming in the sandy Saratoga Lake. It was the ride home with the music turned up, the windows rolled down, and wind blowing over our smiles. That was the last summer I would ever see them and that is how I always want to remember them- smiling in the sun.

Brittany says …

As I get older(20 years of age) the years seem to fly by. This past summer especially. Surprising, making it the best summer by far. The reason it went by so fast is because I enjoyed every second of it. As the saying goes, time flies when you're having fun. I started a new chapter of my life, got a job, made new friends, and even turned a certain friendship into something more deeper. I finally have found meaning in my life. I have learned to appreciate each breath and moment through the experiences I have had during summer 2010.

Karin Markwell says …

The most memorable summer was 2005 when my husband and I took a trip tp Paris, France. Being the first time parents after nine years of marriage, my husband and I were longing for a romantic getaway without our daughter. We lived in Seattle and dropped her her to the grandparents in St. Louis and flew to Paris. What a nice getaway with just two of us. Paris was just beautiful as I've always heard. Now we moved back to St. Louis and closer to the family and we definately have to go visit Paris again!

Sue Swyt says …

This summer! Camping in a cabin far from the nearest cell tower, or wifi service. Playing boardgames and darts and watching the stars at night. The night *somebody* got spooked in the scary woods so far from civilization and we had to shut all the windows and almost broiled to death. Watching movies projected on the side of grandpa's shed, the cousins giggling on grandpa's tractor rides, and laughing with my siblings. Lastly, the gaze of our one-eyed lumpy-shell rescue turtle from among the blooms in the raingarden, who, despite years of poor care by humans, seems to trust us with our hamhanded efforts to bring about good turtle health.

brenda says …

My most memorable summer was the summer of 1975. I met my husband for the first time. I was 15 and he was 19. He was parked at a place we all called "The Brook" I asked him for the time and he put down what he was reading and told me the time. After that day,that one single moment,we fell in love.We are so different from each other,I eat fresh foods he eats junck food. I like coffee and tea he likes soda.I like wine he likes soda,I like martini's he likes soda,lol.I like to wear dresses he wears flannels.Talk about opposites attract ! We married in 1979.And we are still very much in love.

Mandy says …

My most memorable summer is this past summer. I researched for months and fully committed myself to a raw food lifestyle. It's a scary adventure but its paying off immensley!

Sherry says …

The most memorble summer for me was the one summer I learne to swim. My family and my uncle went to the lake camping and he kept throwing me in the lake so I learn swimming, keeping real close to me. I can't remember how many times I was thrown back in and how many gallons of lake water I swallowed but at the end of the day I made my uncle and myself proud.

Marcele says …

This year's summer is going to be my most memorable summer because I found out that I'm expecting my first child. That's why I came to the website to look for healthy recipes and now I read about this Labor Day Package. By the way, a very suggestive name for a pregnant woman. This bag would be perfect to celebrate the news with our friends on a end-of-summer party!!!

Carla Riggs says …

My most memorable summer was when I was when I was 15 years old and my friend (who had just moved from the city) convinced me to run away and attend the Woodstock Festival in 1969. I left home for 4 days; everyone was looking for me; and I got attend the biggest and best concert in history! It was worth the punishment I received.....

amy says …

Best summer ever; sprinklers, popsicles, rasberries, kick the can, sleep outs, bikes, skinned knees, grass stains, barbeques, camping. Summer 1960, 1961, 1962, >>>>to now.

b. p. says …

my most memorable summer was 2006. our family visited niagara falls=awe-inspiring to see & hear the thundering water. from buffalo, we drove to new york city and visited all the sites. an amazing city. also, nothing like a mr. softee ice cream!

Sophia says …

My most memorable summers were the ones I spent on my grandmother's island Serifos. Beautiful beaches, lovely produce, cheeses and breads. Along with great times with friends and family!!!

Susie Hutchison says …

My most memorable summer would be when I was a kid and the whole family did a road trip to Penticton! The two weeks were spent swimming in the lake, playing on the beach, and eating local corn on the cob every day! The fresh fruit was delicious and the relaxing family time was great!

Lindsey says …

The summer before my first year at CSU was the best by far - my family took two trips that year, one to Seattle, Vancouver and the Washington peninsula! I've traveled so many places, but Seattle remains one of my favorite places in the world...

Vivian Terry says …

Just entering for gift basket for Labor Day.

maryann thornton says …

My most memorable summer was the year I got married when my husband took me camping for the first time-being from Brooklyn camping was not in our vocabulary-we barely even got to see trees when I was growing up. I loved the peacefulness sitting in front of the campfire hearing the crackling fire as we roasted marshmallows. It was also the first time I saw a chipmunk-who was happy to snack on some peanuts we left for him.... Just thinking about that trip-I feel calm and serene!!!

jeff clapp says …

My most memorable summer was the summer I was unemployed. The money was dwindling away but the long, long, sunny days, the girlfriend at night, the bbq's, and it was heaven. The only thing I accomplished was I got a how-to-do-it book out of the library and I wove a hammock. I guess the next hammock I weave will be when I retire.

Vivian Terry says …

Most memorable was taking a little trip up to St. Helena with friends to dine at a winery. Great time seeing friends I'd notseen for the entire year and enjoying our outing. Good day for all of us.

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