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Win a Labor Day Bag of Gotta Haves

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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Javier says …

My most memorable summer was this year -- moved into a new apartment, did my best work professionally, and grilled for some of my friends. Just last weekend, I attended a pre-season football tailgating party at the Meadowlands Arena to watch the Giants host the Steelers. My football buddies were my guinea pigs for an experimental chicken wings recipe I peeped two years ago on "Good Morning America". They were a hit! And the first time I tried this recipe, I purchased between 80 - 90 percent of the ingredients from Whole Foods.

Marsha says …

My most memorable summer was a couple of years ago when my neice came home from Iraq. Unfortunately, my son was still in Iraq at the time (he has since returned home safely) but my neice came home and we celebrated with a barbecue with plenty of family and friends. We grilled some veggies on the grill, ate some tofu hotdogs, played games, sang, and had a wonderful celebration! Concluded the evening with fireworks and some mighty happy but tired kids. :)

Kelli Behrens says …

My most memorable summer was when i first moved to Austin in 2006. It was fourth of july and there was a thunderstorm, it was lightning and rainy. I sat and watched the lightning show on one side along with the fireworks show on the other side, all while eating a hotdog and drinking a coke. It was all to cool, having this kind of freedom in America!

D Huggins Wolfe says …

My most memorable summer was 2 years ago. It was filled with all that we have always done,we live on the river & were always in our boat, "Our Time". Fishing,watersking,tubing,camping,sometimes just going for a nice,peaceful evening ride. That was also the summer that I was diagnosed with stage 2(then)Cancer of the liver. It has since gone into stage IV and has spread to my kidneys & they just found another biggie in my left leg...I'm in bed writing this, but that was my most memorable summer, the wonderful good of it & the devastating bad...I'm very Blessed by the love of my family & friends though I sorely miss our adventures to Mt. Pleasant to WFM! I still have friends that I guilt into going for me occasionally, but not keeping alot down anymore.

Kelly W says …

My most memerable summer was actually this summer...2010. Aside from hanging with friends & family, I made a major move to a totally different city alone & I also met the man who is now going to be my future hubby. What an awesome summer...& a happy change of pace...

Bettie Saccardo says …

This summer is my most memorable. My 2 sons and I made a move from New Mexico to Texas to be with my fiance. It was the first time my sons had ever moved and it was filled with wonder, excitement, anxiety, togetherness, laughing, crying and ultimately a place to call home.

Jan Giles says …

This summer on the beaches on Montauk, Maine and Rhode Island, eatig our way through some of the best food, local fresh and beautifully prepared!!

Sonia says …

My most memorable summer was this one, 2010. My husband and I took our 4 daughters to the Outerbanks for a vacation. It is the first time I have ever seen the ocean! So amazing!

RENECAZARES says …

MY BEST SUMMER WAS THE SUMMER OF 1988,JUST GOT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL,LOTS OF FUN TIMES.......... RC

milaxx says …

As a child my mother and aunt would rent a house down in Wildwood for a month every summer. I have good memories of clam digging, splashing in the waves and walking the boardwalk with my cousins.

Amy Haines-Rodriguez says …

The most memorable summer for me is, summer 2007. June 29,2007 my beautiful daughter, Lelia "Lily" Esperanza was born, 9 days late, 7lbs 10oz 19 1/2 inches!!!! It was a very difficult pregnancy, had problems from the start. But she's here healthy and growing like a weed!!! So that summer I will never forget!!!

Judy Cole says …

Summer in Greece at the American School

Susan says …

My most memorable summer just happened: Last weekend, my daughter was married at a beautiful setting in Lake Tahoe. Nothing in my life, experienced to date, has filled with such elation, joy and exhilaration as seeing my daughter marry the man she loves. My heart was filled and overflowed more than I could have ever imagined. Those of you who have experienced this, know what I mean. Those of you who haven't -- just wait!! It is joy on top of joy!

Dianne says …

Think of it, the summer of ’63. My two older brothers and myself in our Woodie on the way to the Midwest for the Summer. My folks were school teachers so we had the whole summer to play on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin. We converged with 8 other cousins into cabins owned by my Grandparents. The days were filled with swimming, plays, fishing and skipping rocks….do you know how many hours we spent skipping rocks? My Grandma was constantly in the kitchen cooking and baking homemade bread, yes, homemade bread. I will never forget the smell wafting through the cabins. At night we told stories, sang songs (you know the 60’s music was the best of all time) and hunted fire flies and night crawlers (for fishing the next day). Oh, what a summer, what memories of good old fashioned fun, good food and the love of family!!!!!!

Kari says …

This summer! I started off this summer marrying my best friend and enjoying a honeymoon in beautiful Charleston, SC. We've spent time with family and friends, traveled, and had a great time. Good food and good times go hand-in-hand!

Claudia Blum says …

My most memorable summer would have to be this one!! I got married at the end of May and its been an exciting summer since! We headed off to Santa Barbra and enjoyed some great seafood and fresh guacamole and salsa..the food is so fresh and delicious out there. Since we have been back we have been grilling out a lot...from pink salmon to red steaks and sweet potatoes. We got to enjoy the St. Joe's picnic together and the Kentucky State Fair which we both loooove going to (especially together). To finish off the summer I know we will be having a cook out with the friends.

Christine S says …

My most memorable summer was this year- 2010. Our family moved 2000 miles from home. It's been a huge adventure to all of us as we get used to a new area, a new house and a lot of new friends. It would be great to have our first big cookout in our new home!

Heidi says …

Every summer, I would go to Arizona to stay with my Aunt and cousins. She was the greatest. She would always take us places and buy me new school clothes. She was like a second mom to me.

Cathy Hightower says …

2010 was my most memorable summer as my daughter was pregnant with my first grandchild and I got to share in all of the joy with her

Christine says …

My dad's birthday falls on labor day weekend and I always cherish the years I can celebrate them with him in person.

Becca s says …

My most memorable summer has to have been this summer. I had so many life changing events. My boyfriend took me to Greece for our first vacation together. I got to meet his family and there in Athens, he proposed to me. We spent our 2 weeks sight seeing, sailing to near by islands and eating the most amazing food I've ever had in my life. Just when you think your life can't possibly be compared to a fairy tale a truly wonderful man can show you it can be. I saw so many sights, met so many interesting people and experinced a competely new life style. I was a world away from central california. I don't I could ever experince anything to top the summer of 2010

Evelyn Dalton says …

This particular summer is quite memorable for my whole family. After nearly 6 yrs, my ex and I are remarried!! We have three children and now we are all back under one roof and we all have a new bond and appreciation for one another. The joy in this family is beyond measure. We are praising God for our new path!!

Sabrina says …

The summer of '76, we went to Colombia (where I am from) and ended up staying the entire summer plus an extra month. We came back to the US and I started 4th grade a month late! The best summer of my life!!

Loretta says …

My memorable summer was coming to visit my Great-Grandmother who had a huge garden full of peas, green beans, tomatoes, and loads more. I loved walking barefoot through the dense, plowed rows of dark earth and picking okra or corn to eat raw. My favorite tree was her apricot tree which was always seemed to be in bloom during my visit. I'd play hide and seek with my local cousins in the garden and trees - most of the day and into the night. A memory that I will cherish always.

nancy says …

It was 1999 when we bought our beach house. Sine then every labor day weekend, we celebrate by inviting all family members and close friends to visit us and share a day of summer memories, food, friendship, beach time and wiffle ball game to end the day. The event has grown from about 15 people to about 30 with our children getting marries and having their own children. It's an end of the summer tradition that I hope will continue for many more years.

Kevin Thomas says …

My favorite summer (of food) is this summer 2010. I've rediscovered my love of real food, cooking, and community. Through Whole Foods on 183 and my new Farmer's Market in Cedar Park I have totally given up processed foods and eating out. This summer I've had my first taste of a heirloom tomato, grassfed beef, natural peanut and almond butters, free range eggs (no salmonella scare here), light vanilla soymilk, Kefir yogurt milk on fresh seasonal strawberries, roasted yellow beets and parsnips, grilled okra, homemade salsa with chocolate habenero, yogurt salad dressings, and homemade hatch green chicken chili (woo I made it spicy hot). I've supplemented my cooking with reading (In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen) and shows (Food, Inc. And King Korn). Not only have I become more environmentally aware and conscious of what I am putting in my body I have lost 30 lbs and 3 sizes through just eating whole natural foods. I have more weight to lose but it's been easy with my newfound passion for food. 2010- The summer I woke up from my fast food haze!

AnnMarie says …

This year I've had my most memorable summer. I found my soul mate at the beginning of the year and every little thing we do together is so special. We are both out of work right now - so we have to plan extra hard to find things to do that are free or cheap (using lots of coupons and deals). From the fun and exciting (Atlantic City for my birthday in August using hotel points) to the everyday necessities (shopping for food with coupons is now "meal planning" for our time together!). If we can have fun this summer on a shoestring budget - we'll be together forever when the economy picks up and we're employed again (if you can get thru the rough times together - the relationship can withstand anything).

amani says …

my most memorable summer was when i was pregnant with my first child and we went on a trip to the mid east. barfed up all my food every day! boy did that make a great impression on my in-laws that i met for the first time on that trip!!

Olivia says …

This summer has been particularly memorable! The 4th of July marked the 20th annual Family Fair that my parents created for my 6 brothers and sisters and I as children. Now, as our family expands and our own children are introduced to the games and fun, it gets better with each passing year! We also found out the wonderful news that I am pregnant and a new addition to our family will be arriving this Spring!

Stephanie Diamond says …

My most memorable summer was the one I spent in Belgium, doing christian aid work with refugees. Awesome!

Kim says …

My most memorable summer was probably the one when I got married - we moved back home with our respective parents, wedding planned, got married, went on our honeymoon, came back and started the next year of law school, bought a house and then, the day after we closed on our house, I got laid off from my job. Very memorable.

ash says …

My most memorable summer was 2007, after I graduated from High School and before I went to college. I spent a great summer at home in Cincinnati, working the opening shift at Starbucks with some great coworkers, and learning how to garden with my dad in the evenings. I went on to school in North Carolina, and was so happy to have had one last summer with my parents. Ironically, I met the man I eventually went on to marry Labor Day weekend when I got to school.

Valerie Johnston says …

This summer was my most memorable. I was laid off in May so this is the first summer I've had to spend the entire time with my 2 girls 5 & 7, taking them to the pool, the library and just trying to stay cool in the Vegas heat. It's been the most amazing time.

Liz says …

My most memorable summer was the first I spent at summer camp at Cornell University in New York. I'm actually British, but my parents were working at Cornell that summer and so took my sister and I over to Ithaca for 3 months and made us go to camp. I thought I'd hate it, but I developed such a deep love for New York state and the US in general that I am now back here, doing a grad degree at Columbia!

Elaine Bogen says …

I had several but most recently was trip from Chicago to Austin with my 9 yr old daughter on Amtrak. Sleepers were sold out on the way there but on the way home we were able to get a sleeper and you would have thought it was Buckingham Palace to listen to her tell everyone about the sleeper. AWESOME

Agnes Peterson-Read says …

I am the oldest of the five children in my family. As the oldest, I grew up helping quite a bit as my mother was a single mother at the time. In the summer of 1982, just after my 15th birthday, my mother was admitted to the hospital with toxemia (as she was pregnant with #5 of the family). Shortly after celebrating my birthday, July 4th along with my two brothers also born in July (5th and 26th), I had to step up to get the house ready for the new baby. My sister was not due until the end of the month so there had not been a rush. Suddenly, I had a crib to wash and prepare along with baby clothes, diapers, etc. I was fun to help at that time , prepping the house and all of the baby clothes. It further helped me realize what a hard job parenting is. My sister arrived on July 18 but did not get to join us at home until July 30th. When my mother arrived home (we did have relatives who stayed with us during her absence), everything was in order for the little one, who I was also able to name. So, 1982 was a special summer because I gained a new sister and was able to make my first deposit of many into her life.

amy says …

I remember a summer spent at a summer arts camp. I played in the orchestra and the girl in the bunk next to me was a modern dancer. I had never seen modern dance in my small hometown. Becoming friends with her and watching her performances during those 2 weeks helped me gain a great appreciation for a new art form.

Tricia Brown says …

My most memorable summer was hanging out with friends in our pool and eating ice cream.

amy says …

My most memorable summer was 2 summers ago when we moved to a new state! My husband was at his new job and I was home with our 2 kids. We didn't know anyone, so we spent a summer with each other! It was a time to reconnect with each other, while exploring our new environment.

Steph says …

A summer ago I interned for a chocolate producer.. and it was delicious! The other interns and I toured factories and taste tested our way through the entire company, meeting insanely talented people from different backgrounds and areas of expertise. As a business major and a senior (woohoo!) I think I will look back and remember how much knowledge I gained and how amazing of an experience it was for years to come.

Jaclyn says …

My most memorable summer definitely has to be a toss up between last summer and this summer. In the last 2-3 years, I've spent a lot of time reevaluating my life, changing over to a healthier lifestyle. Last summer, my boyfriend spent our time apartment shopping, moving in, "setting up house", and learning to live together. It was a great experience to share with him, and I feel as though we are closer than ever. This summer, I had two major projects that I've never attempted before: setting up a container garden on our balcony and canning summer produce. Its definitely been an interesting learning experience. I've loved producing our own food and putting up lots more for the coming winter months.

Nancy B. says …

My favorite summer has actually been this summer. Even though I got laid off from my teaching job (second time in 2 years) at the beginning of the summer, I have made the conscious effort to enjoy myself and my kids and not stress over every little thing. I'm reading more, doing more, running more, cooking more, and having some quality down time, trying to make the best of it. So far so good.

kaaren tenold says …

Most memorable summer was going to Yellowstone with my extended family. Exhausting car ride, camping through tornadoes, trout fishing among the bears...memories for a lifetime.

Brittany says …

My most memorable summer was the first summer I worked on staff at a summer camp. It was right after my freshman year of high school and I had such a blast learning to be independent, working hard and making tons of new friends!

MaryJane Borcynski says …

Most memorable summer(s)--when I was in grammar school. A group of us would walk to a local public park and for a nickel you could swim in the pool for the afternoon. It was great on those hot, summer days! And after, we would stop in the local drug store (with a soda fountain) and buy, still a nickel, a popsicle to eat on the way home! Of course, this was back in the early 60's and life was carefree and wonderful!

Amy D. says …

Definitely the summer of 1993 - my family and I went traveled all over Australia for a month and my sister and I went skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef!

Miracle says …

My most memorable summer has to be this one. After over a decade of reading the Harry Potter book series, my best friend and I finally were able to live out our dreams by visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida. It was like coming home for the first time! ;)

Linda white says …

My best summer memory was of riding my purple bike to the Chippewa Swimming Pool and swimming all day with my friends. I stayed later than the rest of them so about an hour before closing time I would wonder through the grass looking for all the loose quarters, nickels and dimes people had lost. The change that I found enabled me to buy snacks for the journey home after a long, hard day of swimming. Chick-o-sticks, hot tamales and laffy taffy to name a few.

Gail Needles says …

Visiting my daughter and grandchildren made this summer very special. Mani/pedi with my granddaughter, wii bowling with my grandson and shopping with my very pregnant daughter for the baby were just 3 of the highlights. Now I can't wait to get back to South Carolina to meet my new grandson. Nothing is better than spending time with family.

Matt says …

I loved the summer after my senior year in high school. So much excitement building up for college!

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