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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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Kelly says …

My most memorable summer was the summer our family went on a Disney cruise!! I was 7 (summer of 1990) and thought it was the absolute coolest vacation in the world. We had so much fun and I just remember it being a fabulous time for our family.

mellette hawksley-smith says …

My most memorable summer was when I moved to Hawaii in 1972. My boyfriend and I were in our 20's and just getting our lives started. We moved to a little cottage on the North Shore of Oahu with pounding surf across the street. Our move to Hawaii had cost us everything we had but we didn't care. We started baking our own bread and eating lots of fresh fish and fruit. My biggest worry was if I had enough bikinis!

Luciann says …

My most memorable summer was 2008 when I turned 30 years old. I was able to turn 30 years old on a mission trip to the country of Nicaragua. Where we helped a local orphanage prepare new houses for the children currently living there. We painted, cleaned the houses and moved in furniture. It was the most memorable birthday ever. Being able to give of myself on that day was the most amazing gift I could have ever been given.

Meredith says …

The most memorable summer was the one I studied abroad in Oxford, England. I got to travel on the weekends and see other parts of Europe but I loved Oxford!

Maggie West says …

One of my memorable summers when I was about 8 or 9 (1961 or 1962)my brother,sister and I took an huge refrigerator box from a dumpster and drew on the inside like it was a rocketship (steering wheel, instrument readings, etc.). Then, one of us would get in the box while the other two would shake it and roll it down a hill. We would take turns and just laugh! What a blast that was!! Nowadays, kids sit in front of the computer or play video games instead of using their imagination or creativity. That was so memorable I think about it often. Thank you.

Cris says …

Most memorable summer at age 15 in 1987, when I was sent for the first time to Oxford to learn English with other 25 young Italians. None of us did actually learn it, but we discovered friendship across borders,responsibility, Europe, different cultures and new food as we shared meals:I remember a sicilian friend cooking sausages at midnight, international calls to ask mamma about ragu' and a discussion with some turkish friends explaining why ketchup is not good for pasta. 21 memorable days of summer that stretched through the years as we grew up embracing diversity.

Chad says …

My most memorable summer was two years ago when my wife and I went to visit her brother in San Francisco and San Diego. Those places are awesome!

Claire says …

My most memorable summer was the summer my dad and I spent backpacking in the Sierras; beautiful views and quality time.

Diana Denton says …

When I was 12 we moved from town to country, the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Down the long driveway, across the two land road, down the steep bank was a small river. The water was clear and green and just warm enough for swimming. I spent the summer fishing and swimming, exploring the island and swimming far upstream only to float gently back down stream. It was a summer of solitude and peace. Quiet joy. It remains in my memory as a bright as a jewel. I treasure it greatly.

Sandy Fine says …

The summer of 1978, when I met my sweetheart and husband. We met and fell in love and were married within 2 months.

Jennifer says …

My most memorable summer was the first one I spent in Charleston, SC in 2005 when I got stationed here. So many sights, sounds, smells, historic buildings, and great food. The summer was capped off by my getting sent to Mississippi right after Hurricane Katrina to photograph the damage and relief efforts. I will NEVER forget that.

Diana George says …

This summer so far is my most memorable. I was able to go to St. Simon for 4 days and Florida for 13. While in St. Simon I was able to hang out with my sister, which is something we have never done and while in Florida I was able to see a good friend whom I haven't seen in over 8 years. I have learned about myself this summer and grown a lot. That is why it is my most memorable.

Jen Willison says …

this summer!!! our first as parents ~ we swam, camped, hiked and hung out with our son.... it has been the best!

Carol Hoekstra says …

most memorable summer is now! a friend from sweden spent some time with us and it made us realize how lucky we are to live in this beautiful state of minnesota!

marysue komaniecki says …

My memorable summer was spent, at age 16 as a camp counsellor at a summer camp for Jewish kids. I am catholic, and I never met Hasidic Jews before. I learned about the world that summer, not just my backyard

Cherie says …

My most memorable summer was the year we had so many picnics and cook-outs! It was awesome and so much fun, we didn't want the summer to be over.

James says …

Can memorable also mean terrible? One summer right after high school, I landed a job as a corn field inspector. It is exactly as exciting as you might imagine. I would wake up before the sun and spend the next 16 hours trudging through cornfields. The days were either unbearably hot and humid or monsoon-like. Trying to find a silver lining...I connected with nature? I did get a killer tan (...ladies), and now I know more about corn than I ever thought possible.

stacy says …

Best summer was when I got married and went boating around the islands in Thaiti

Betsy says …

By far, the summer we took a cruise to Alaska ...back in the day when few families sailed. My girls were young ..there was only one other child on the ship. But, oh, what a time we had. Alaska is the one don't-miss cruise in your life. Spectacular scenry! History! Wildlife! Raw Nature! Native American culture! We still talk about that summer that changed our lives...and got us hooked on family cruising.

Angela says …

My most memorable summer was in 2003 when my whole family got together and rented houses in Port Aransas,Tx. All my siblings were there with their families and all of my grown children were there. We had a great time.

April says …

My most memorable summer was the one I spent studying abroad in Spain. I lived with a family in Seville for over two months. Such a beautiful country and people. I love the art (Barcelona - Gaudi - Sagrada Familia), the music and dance (Flamenco), the culture, the food (paella & sangria.) Wish I could go back to that summer.

LeTroy Cooke says …

This year is my most memorable summer. It's the hottest summer we've seen around around here in a while and I'm in my 3rd trimester of my very first pregnancy. Lots of ups and downs.

heather c says …

My most memorable summer was the year I hiked in the New Mexico mountains for two weeks. I walked for miles each day with a huge pack on my back, forgetting how to do everything from driving to applying makeup. That summer really made me appreciate indoor, spider-free plumbing and water you didn't have to heat yourself. I also made life-long friends who know how to start fires and carry a big walking stick.

Carolyn says …

One summer in high school, I worked as a deckhand and guide on a Mississippi River tour boat. It was awesome to spend time on the river while meeting people from all over the world. I also became very skilled at tying nautical knots. All my friends were jealous of my cool job.

Dan Munter says …

My most memorable summer is this one. You could make a case that the reason is because I am losing my memory. But in reality, it is because this is the first summer in 28 years that I have not had to go to work. I retired last year and I still am experiencing the feeling we have on the first day that school is out for summer. That feeling of not having to be someplace at any any particular time. There is nothing like the present.

Summer Davis says …

My most memorable summer was spent swimming almost everyday in our new pool!

Alice Rodrigues says …

My most memorable summer was when I was tween and spent the summer in Brazil with my Aunt. I was surrounded with excellent company provided by my extended family. This especially true on Sundays, when we always had Brazilian BBQ without fail accompanied by my Godmother's amazing potato salad. Ah, good times.

Cyndie says …

Summer 2002. Fresh out of college and ready to take on the world. I had joined AmeriCorps and was assigned to work in Hotlanta! As if to have my last hoorah of freedom, no responsibilities, and true summer vacation, I visited friends in 3 states and made new friends in 2 states. I toured the capital one last time before moving- this time actually paying attention to the monuments, historic sites and taking memorable pics in Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle etc. Then I packed up my college gear and drove back home to the suburbs of Boston where I reunited with high school friends who were on their last hoorah before transitioning into the 12 month working American. Of course we went to the Cape. What else do you do in the summer besides beach and bbq? Before settling in Atlanta, I went to training in Texas with over 1000 college grads. Hmmm... yeah I learned a lot alright- like how to ride a mechanical bull in a bar, that TX is super hot!, and after a rode trip to Austin with 8 other college grads I had just met... what happens in Austin- stays in Austin. Good Times!!

Stefoni says …

My most memorable summer was this year! My husband surprised us with a week exploring my childhood in NJ and NYC. He showed our 3 children my old house, took us to my favorite restaurant and ice cream store, and strolled the streets that were my favorites in high school. We laughed, explored, and invited our children to know their mom in an even deeper way. The memories are some of the sweetest I have known in our 14 years together.

Andria Ballard says …

My most memorable summer of 09 was when my mother turned 98 years young. We had such a celebration. It's such a joy to still have her here. She is such a blessing. On her 100th day we will have to do more celebrating.

CeaCea Golem says …

It was the summer of 1971. I was a veggie hippie girl in Colorado. It was a sumnmer of love, work concerts and FUN. My father was a organic farmer and rancher there in the flat lands of Colorado. Daddy has long passed but the teachings of mom and him have stuck with me forever! EAt healthy!! I learned how to drag a irragating device with a tractor , to work for daddy during the day and start and keep my dark summer tan. I also learned about love or what I thought was love (smile). We wen to parties down by the lake. We'd go to concerts in Denver! I got to sit in the limo with THE WHO (the band). Hold Joni Michell's hand for just a minute. I wanted to be JUST like her! Party in a hotel with Rod Stewart and his band...I could go on! Dressing in tye dye I made my self and selling candles I made in the park in Manitou to the tourists! It was a summer I'll never forget! Thanks for the memories!

Carolee says …

My most memorable summer was when I lived at Wrightsville Beach, NC in-between my sophomore & junior years of College. I was 20 and my job had extremely flexible hours, so I was able to play at the beach all day!

Brenda says …

My most memorable summer was the summer I turned 16. I was "going steady" with a senior I met in the spring of that year, during rehearsals for the school play. He was my first boyfriend, and everything was new and special. Our dates took us to a lot of fun places, but I remember most the way the green dash lights gleamed in the dark, dimly lighting the planes of his face. I thought he was handsome and even gallant. To me he was a 20th century "Renaissance Man" who not only enjoyed hunting and fishing, but poetry and music, as well. I was in awe of my tall poet, and I would have followed him to the ends of the earth, if he had asked.

Kristina Whitaker says …

I'll never forget the summer I went canoeing on the Niobrara River in Nebraska. On our overnight a storm brewed up and about blew our tent over -- it flooded the campground and washed away our canoes. We were rescued by a livestock truck!

Wen says …

I attended EXPO 2010 in Shanghai China this summer, it's very crowded & I stood in long line for 2 hours to get into Japan expo. It was awesome to see so many high tech design & robots, I even saw my image reflected on the big screen , very interesting. I also visited Beijing , toured wherever I came to see, all the memorable places, such as The Great Wall, National Palace museum & Tiananmen Square. Sightseeing is most rewarding experience as it gives you impact & reflection of the human history.

Nancy J O'Connor says …

It was the summer of 1977 and I spent six weeks in Oxford England attending a college summer program. We visited Rolls Royce (got paint on my coat and left it there!), Lloyds of London and Jaeger Sports clothing. One of my classmates and I "hitch hiked" across Ireland and I did not tell my parents until about 5 years later! Great fun, travel, learning and experiences.

Tony says …

My most memorable summer was 2008. After not visiting my family for 8 years I was able to save a travel to see them. I had changed so much but they loved me as I had never left.

Donna says …

My most memorable summer was the year I married my husband. We went to Sandals Ocho Rios, Jamaica for our honeymoon. I had never been on a plane before, so it was my first real trip. Watching the sunset, taking a walk on the beach, pictures by the gazebos put romance in the air! Five years and going strong now...

Dana says …

My best summer would be the one where I learned to drive. I spent the whole summer just hanging out with friends and going to the shore.

PM says …

My most memorable summer (and fall) was in 2009, when I took a semester off school and traveled Southeast Asia with a friend. We lived out of our backpacks and tried to experience everything the region had to offer. We even ate grasshoppers and buffalo skin!

ALexis says …

My most memorable summer was May 2010 when my parents took me, and my two brothers on a cruise to cozumel, and progresso and we were able to see the mayan ruins. this is a summer i will never foret.

Anne Marie Miller says …

This summer, I suspect, will be my most memorable. My husband and I had a baby girl at the end of June!

Jym Brittain says …

This summer. Thanks to the help of my girlfriend, I became a certified scuba diver!

debbie brown cederna says …

In the bittersweet summer of 1991 I got divorced, received a major promotion, had life altering surgery, my Mother passed away and met the man of my dreams. 19 years later, and very happily married, I look back on that summer and wonder how in the world I ever survived. Must have been the beautiful lake Michigan sunsets and the quiet strength of my new found love.

Stephanie M. says …

Going to the Rocky Mountain National Park when I was a kid. We camped, went to the fireside talks at night, and went on Ranger walks in the day. It was amazing and helped me to appreciate nature to this day, 40 years later.

Christine says …

My most memorable summer was 2005. It was the year my husband and I got married and we bought our first home together! I can't believe it has been 5 years already! Lot's of good food and good memories!

Rolinda Dawson says …

My most memorable summer was the summer when I was 12 years old and my family and I moved from Chicago to Boston. This was a very happy and sad time as we left my older siblings behind because they were old enough to live on their own.

Marcia Zeballos says …

Summer 1990. I was about to turn 18. I had the unbelievable opportunity to live in Spain all summer with an exchange student that we had previously hosted for the year. The experience was out of this world. The freedom of being away from my parents, the food, the cerveza and the culture was something I will NEVER forget.

JoAnn says …

A memorable summer vacation for our family was 3 years ago - my hubby and I took our 2 boys on a journey west to visit family - 1st to Oregon then drove down to California - the kidz were awesome and the family time was perfect!

Ceste says …

The summer of 2007...began with a proposal...so many romantic memories...snuggling, kissing, holding hands, 1st kiss, so many amazing dates, amazing memories...my soul and heart felt fully alive...so treasured and loved....we just fit, u know?

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