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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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Elizabeth P. says …

My most memorable summer has to be while my husband was deployed to Iraq. On the morning of my birthday (early July), he called with a surprise saying, "Darling, I'm on my way home." The sweetest words (and the sweetest gift) I can imagine.

Danielle says …

My number one memorable summer was in 1990 when me, my mother and my sister hiked the Grand Canyon. I was 11 and my sister was 3. It was quite the adventure that was not researched by my mother enough. Little did we know that this hike was for experienced hikers. But my mom had the thought that if you were going to look at it, you might as well hike it. We made it down to Phantom Ranch in one day and back the next day. I recently made a trip back to Arizona and got us all shirts that said we made it all the way down. All three of us are quite proud of our adventure and my sister and I want to do it again...only this time a little more prepared. Thanks Mom!!

nis says …

I had traveled to Huatulco, Mexico with my brother and we stayed at a hotel that was on the beach that had open huts outside with hammocks; I laid on it and closed my eyes. All I kept hearing were the waves of the ocean and the slight warm/cool wind. All my troubles had disappeared for that one day. I was so comfortable and content, I did not eat nor use the services for the whole day!

Regina says …

While each summer is better than the last, my most impressionable one was probably when I was 16. I spent 45 days backpacking through Europe with a group from my high school. We started in London and ended in Rome. It really opened up my eyes for experiencing other countries/cultures and sparked my love of travel.

Lindsay says …

Five years ago, one side of our family rented a huge beach house on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. For an entire week, we chased crabs on the beach, built sandcastles, played card games, and cooked huge family meals. Wish I could turn back the clock!

Lisa McLeroy says …

The best summer was in the 70s when a boy named Frankie lived across the street while his stepfather went to school at the nearby Air Force base where my Father was stationed. Of course, I had a crush on him, but his whole family was cool! His mother had 6 names, which I can still recall! His brother Tony was distant, and his sister Debbie was a good friend. Today (8/27) is Frankie's birthday. I always think of when he moved away and the song that I remember from that time is "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross.

Amber B. says …

In one summer, I graduated from college, got married, went on a European honeymoon, moved to Texas, and began graduate school. Busiest summer ever, and also the most fun!

Jill Babore Turco says …

My most memorable summer to date was this one! I just married the love of my life!

Sara Austin says …

My most memorable summer was this one because we learned how to have fun as a family without spending money...we went to parks, visited libraries, relaxed and just enjoyed each other.

Lisa R says …

Mine was in 2004. I got married and moved across country with my new husband. It was an adventurous summer.

Karen says …

My most memorable summer was the summer of 1988, our second son was just born and we were fortunate to have just moved into a home on the North Fork of Long Island. We were surrounded by beautiful farms and farmstands selling farm fresh produce. (Before we had a Whole Foods) We had lots of good friends and family visit and enjoyed lazy days exploring and at the beach....good memories

Tracy Lotz says …

Going to Disneyland with my family. And my aunt, uncle, and cousin came out from Colorado to meet us there. It was so fun. When my family got tired and went back to the hotel, I stayed with my aunt and uncle and we hit so many more rides together. It was awesome!

Athena says …

My most memorable summer has to be this summer. I got to spend 2 wonderful weeks on the beach in Florida with my whole entire family. This was the first time I've been able to vacation with my dad in 20 years. It was pure bliss having my 3yr old have quality time with grandpa the pics and stories will be cherished for a lifetime. The invigorating walks and talks on the beach with dad were fabulous.

michelle says …

My most memorable summer was when I was a young child, I lived with my relatives in Northern Ontario, Canada for the summer. It was a summer of swimming everyday in the community pool--in fact I learned how to swim that summer and how to dive off of a diving board! I remember also going into the rocky Northen terrain to pick blueberries and my aunt baking the most delicious blueberry pies! It was the summer that I got introduced to the Nancy Drew Mystery books and remember my uncle grilling steaks on the small BBQ outside..this was in the 70's!

Monica Wittmer says …

My most memorable summer was the last one with my Dad - it will always stick in my head, because it was the last real quality time I got with him before he suddenly passed away. We took the kids fishing, adopted puppies together, threw a big party...That is the summer forever in my mind.

Debbie Howard says …

My most memorable summer was the year I went to New York with my family. We went to the Statue of Liberty and she was beautiful. We also saw ground zero and it was so sad.

Kyra says …

My most memorable summer was the summer I met my now husband, and became pregnant with him with our first daughter. (We move fast haha). A month after we met I was pregnant and we moved in together. Our beautiful little girl was born the following May, and is soon to be a big sister this Christmas! That summer made me a wife and a mother and I would never trade it in for anything.

Jeanette Hamilton says …

Summers growing up are my most memorable. We played outside barefooted from daylight to dark. Lemonade stands, building forts, jump-roping, playing hide and go seek during the day. Laid in the cool grass at night and stargazed. Life was simple.

Julie says …

The first summer we took the kids to the beach. We went with my parents and I don't know who was more excited, the kids or the grandparents! We had so much fun playing in the sand, splashing in the waves, making dinner together....great memories for everyone.

Heather Sharp says …

I spent a summer in Granada, Andalucia, in the south of Spain. I was 21 years old, had little "real" responsibility, and I spent my time eating fantastic food, drinking good wine, and dancing. And dancing, and dancing, and dancing. To this day, when the old man and I want to have a good Friday night, we procure delicious wine and make tapas. We sit and listen to music, eat and drink, and are happy.

HealthCoachChristine says …

My most memorable summer would have to be the summer of 2007, when my husband and I got married and spent a 12 day honeymoon is Tahiti! A month later we conceived our first child, a son! My son has become the inspiration in my life to make necessary lifestyle changes, become a Holistic mom and return to nutrition school. I am now a 'Holistic Health Coach for Moms,' and I am sharing my knowledge with the world!!! I love helping moms make their own formula, homemade foods, or quick healthy meals for their families. Nothing is more empowering as a mom, then being able to give your child the best health by naturally boosting their immune system, and giving them a head start on life, as they are rapidly developing. It's simple, easy and fun but it's a world that so many are not open to. Look up MomsCoachforLife to learn more about what I do and start living your BEST LIFE NOW!!! =)

Gayle Escobar says …

My most memorable summer was the summer of 1997. The previous fall, I had met up with a group of Michael Jackson fans that I met on the internet. We wanted to go to whatever city Michael Jackson would open up for his HIStory tour. We went to Prague in the Czech Republic and Budapest Hungary. We all had so much fun with each other and Michael that we decided to do it again in the summer of 1997. We traveled to London and watched Michael perform for the second leg of the HIStory tour, where I actually got to sit in the mix tower seats right behind his Mother Katherine and his then wife, Lisa Marie Presley. Seeing Michael Jackson live and experiencing his magic was something that felt like a dream in the moment. Now that he's gone, it's something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. This weekend would have been his 52nd birthday and I'm forever reminded that he was "Gone Too Soon" but I know I'm one of the lucky ones.

Karen says …

Definitely the first summer this "city girl" spent at my grandparents farm. I was probably 6 or 7, and I remember going with my grandpa to gather eggs, milk cows and catch fish from the stock pond, then watching my grandmother turn all those various ingredients into amazing meals!

Suzanne says …

Summer picnics on the rolling hills of grass outside the Utah State Capital building in Salt Lake ... under the cherry trees.

Amy says …

This summer has been my most memorable. My oldest son turned 4, my daughter is 2 1/2 and my precious baby boy is now 4 months. A summer full of swimming, parks, beaches, and camping trips has been amazing. Reminds me of my summers growing up. Only better.

Jessica says …

Summers I remember as great are the ones when I was younger and would play night games with all the neighborhood kids. Our parents would sit on the porch and watch us and we'd end up having a big bonfire late into the night. Those were some of the most relaxed and careless summers.

linda says …

The summer after my senior year in high school was pretty memorable. No responsibilities, no worries, we were just having fun until everyone went their separate ways - to college or work or travel.

Holly Wang says …

My most memorable summer was definitely last summer. I had just moved from San Diego to New York City on a whim and I was all out of sorts. I thought moving was going to be a huge adventure, and it sure was, but not in the way I had expected. I left behind my friends, family, and boyfriend thinking that I'd make a new life for myself on the east coast with a fabulous job in the city. It was definitely much harder than I expected and I worked 7 days a week - let me tell you, no weekends? Bad idea. I barely made any money and lived off of pasta and tomato sauce on most days, and crackers and cheese other days. But even though it wasn't the most uplifting experience, I learned a lot and am still living in the city today. But now, I am living in a better neighborhood, my boyfriend moved across the country to spend his first summer in New York and funnily enough, I live across the street from Whole Foods. We have our nightly walks thru Whole Foods where we pick out snacks and items for dinner.

Alex Bramwell says …

My most memorable summer is the one I'm having right now - a California boy spending a summer in NYC!

Sara says …

all my summers spent with the family and friends at the beach were special, and still holding on to those friendships all these years later......

Rocio Cornejo says …

My most memorable summer was this year for the first time I visit Cancon. I traveled to Chichen-Itza a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization. It was amazing, I would definitely visit cancun again! The food there was excellent as well as the service!

Monica Jeffers says …

Summers spent at Lake Greenwood. It had everything!

Laura says …

It's a tie. The summer I flew to Anchorage with no further plans, took a train to Seward, AK and worked in a salmon cannery stands out. I lived in a tent all summer. Saw bears, moose, eagles, mountain goats, puffins, otters, whales...and SO much fireweed. But the summer of 2004 I gave birth to my first child. That moment changed my life in so many ways and made me the person I am today.

Amy says …

My most memorable summer was the summer of 2001 when my best friend and I drove across the country to move to California from New Jersey. We camped the whole way and visited historic landmarks, toured National Parks, and gambled in Reno. To sum it up in one word: unforgetable.

Brenda says …

The first summer I went to Europe to spend time with my best friend... Switzerland, Italy, France - such a wonderful summer!

Erica says …

WHAT a giveaway! My most memorable summer was my freshman year in high school. I attended a camp to learn how to "rough it" in the wilderness and then we hiked part of the Appalachian trail. Just fabulous.

emmakaye says …

We are talking really long ago! I was just 16 and so tired of being sent off to summer camp in Maine. I went behind my parents' backs and contacted my 6th grade teacher whose family had an ice cream stand on a major road. They made all their own ice cream with real stuff like cream! (Natural long before it was trendy.) I got to make cones, splits, and frappes (milk shakes to the outside of New England world)--and of course sample all the flavors. It's hard to choose when Ginger was one flavor and Grape-nuts (soo crunchy!) was another. But like most New Englanders I always came back to the best--coffee ice cream.

Jeffrey Vilarino says …

For my partners birthday this year. Our first together. I made a memorable special dinner of his favorite dishes. With our new outdoor grill I cooked memories of his past childhood on the east coast with fresh seafood ingredients and local farm veggies and fresh local fruits from Texas as a birthday treat surprise. With a romantic setting... and devotion to domestic affairs this brought the best of living life as best it can be! Thanks You Whole Foods for helping me out.

Eugenie says …

My most memorable summer was in 1991 when my husband and I took a 2 1/2 month cross country road trip. We started from Massachusetts and drove across the northern U.S. and back through Canada. We visited many national parks, did a lot of hiking and camped out every single night.

Amanda Garcia says …

My most memorable summer was the summer I turned 16. A small group of us girlfriends got together and made a "baby sitters club" type group. We didn't have meetings every week or anything like the books but we did have 1 phone number that we could all be reached out and then we divied up the sitting jobs. Besides strengthening our friendships and our purses :) I actually made some additional lifelong friends. 2 of the girls I repeatedly babysat for even stood in as jr bridesmaids in my wedding. It was like gaining 2 more little sisters! During this summer most of us were learning how to drive and there are so many more memories.

Lindsey Clark says …

My most memorable summer was the first summer I spent away from home at college in TN. It was beautiful and full of friends who were like family. Daily coffee house trips with free, wonderful coffee bc my friends worked there, peach stands, and days spent on the river in the mountains. Couldn't ask for much more!

Mary Beth Schmidhamer says …

My favorite summer memory was when my boyfriend and I were at my dad's for a picnic. We were eating and he looked at the onions, looked at me, looked at the onions, looked back at me and I said"go ahead because I'm going to get some." I thought it was neat because he was worried about his breath.

Mary says …

This summer was very busy and memorable. Celebrated my niece graduating from High School, my great nephew being Christened and planning and attending my 30th High School Reunion. Seeing all my classmates and getting reaquainted was awesome. In the process we raised money for our local soup kitchen in memory of 3 classmates who had passed away and couldn't be there in person, but we know they were there in spirit.

Cassyt says …

Summers when I was 10 to 17 in Minnesota were so amazing. Growing up on a lake, I got my own sailboat at age 10. True, it was a hand-me-down from my dad. We ate watermelon then jumped in the lake to get the stickiness off. Dad grilled burgers a lot and we ate outside each night. When I was was younger, I remember my day mowing the lawn at 9:30 at night. It was still light out! Sure, we had to pick up sticks and hang laundry out to dry, but what an exchange for fishing and water-skiing and canoeing the summer away. Every childhood summer should be as memorable.

heidi holloway says …

The summer I was pregnant with my first son was all about discovery and awakening. Awakening to the fact that I had a little person in me and my food choices suddenly mattered to a whole lot more than my waistline. Organic no longer just meant "cost more" and summer cook-outs were not just all about the s'mores.

Heather says …

My most memorable summer was last summer, 2009. We spent a wonderful week at Lake Powell on a house boat. My two girls were 3 years old and 8 months. My husband and I had a great time exploring the beautiful lake with them and playing in the water. We were forturnate to have my mother and father-in-law along with us to really bond with our girls.

Darren Fitzgerald says …

My most memorable summer was the summer of 1997. My family was never close growing up and now we are all spread out over the country. In 1997 when my oldest sister, who is in the Navy, found out she was getting transfered to England for 4 years, we planned a family reunion down the shore in Wildwood for all our families. 13 of us spent 3 days in 3 hotel rooms and it was wonderful. We laughed and joked about our childhoods and growing up. We have not all been together since, but that time together was priceless.

Robin says …

I, like many residents of the Gulf Coast, will never forget the summer of 2005. While the memories of five years ago are still burning brightly in my mind and the aftermath of Katrina and Rita is far from resolved, there is one thing I'll remember most from that terrible August. It's not the fear I felt watching satellite images of the storm bearing down on everything and everyone I knew and loved, and it's not the heartbreak, despair, fear, and countless other emotions that washed over me as I witnessed the destruction of my beloved South Louisiana. No- the thing I'll remember most is the resilience of my people and the camaraderie and unfailing support we offered each other with no regard to race, creed, background, etc. in the face of unspeakable tragedy. That summer I saw the best and worst of what can befall the human race, and not only is it a season I'll always remember, it is a summer that has left me forever changed.

Traci Linehan says …

My most memorable summer was in 2006 when my two friends and I spent three weeks in Europe. We spent out time enjoy fresh fruit and veggies that were sold at local food stands in each city we went too. It was nice eating the cold, juicy fruit on hot summer days.

Joanna says …

My must memorable summer was when I was 12. I went to Jamacia with my ten year old sister in June, touring the island on a learning trip for kids. Then in July our whole family of 7 went to Jackson Hole Wyoming for a family reuion/vacation. August me and my sister got to fly as minors (so cool when you're the 'big sis') out to Washington State to vist our grandparents and Aunt. I still look back at that summer and think how lucky I was to have parents willing to let me do all that. Plus I really got close to my sister which I didn't appreciate then, but I do now.

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