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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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Gail Wight says …

My most memorable summer will be this summer. We took a 45 day RV caravan trip through Canada and Alaska. We saw beatiful scenery and many animals like bear, moose, caribu and sheep. We also saw killer and humpback whales. My favorite thing was watching the bears catch and eat salmon in the stream!

Charlette Bond says …

My husband and I had the best summer. We took a 7 year old grandaughter to Yellowstone Nat Park and Mount Rushmore area. We had a wonderful time. There is nothing like children to make you feel young!

Catherine says …

My most memorable summer was when I was 12 years old and cut my chin open and was forced to stay silent and not talk for 2 weeks so the stitches would heal! It was an odd time, and I could not eat solid food. I think I liked the special treatment too :)

Anthony Soito says …

Would not be alive without your store. It's wonderful.

gregory k bird says …

labor day would be a great time to leave the cooking up to u guys at Whole Foods.

Carolla Ault says …

The summer of 1984 was a magical summer because my husband and I married May 12 and spent our first summer as newlyweds. We were poor, as he was working on his Ph.D., and I was working a temp job. We didn't have much money, but we had a lot of love and basked in the magic first summer together enjoying getting to know each other and become a couple.

Ana Neder says …

My most memorable summer was my summer in San Fran. It was a cold summer but it was the great. It was such a health summer with lots of walk, climbing, and eating organic. San Fran has great healthy organic food everywhere which is like no where else I've been. All the lovely hills made it some interesting everywhere and the bay was beyond beautiful.

tammy mcqulliams says …

. My best Summer was spent with all my family and all the family bbqs we had. My father did all the grilling while we were swimming! It didn't matter what we cooked, just being together made it great! Since my kids have grown up, It is harder to get together. And I miss those times

Mindy Hayes says …

My most memorable summer was the summer I spent with my cousin on her farm. She taught me how to pick,snap,and can green beans. We also canned tomatoes and made fresh salsa! Everything we made that summer was from her garden! I received many family recipes and appreciated the hard work of farmers. I miss sinking my teeth into a fresh, fat, juicy tomato from her garden!

michelle says …

my most memorable summer is when it was about 90 degrees in Alameda and I took my 1 year old to the beach for the first time! She had soooo much fun and my best friend and I snuck a couple of beers in a cooler to the beach and just had a great time playing with the kids!

Shannon says …

My most memorable summer was the first summer I lived in Oregon. I did a lot of hiking, biking and exploring.

Victor Macias says …

My family had been planning a family reunion at Estes Park, Colorado, for about one year and I was not planning to go, because of all of the doctor bill that I have accumulated. I have just recently lost my job and my health insurance, due to all of my health problems that I have been experiencing the past 2 1/2 years. All of the doctors I have been to have not figured out what is going on with me, but I have been doing some extensive research and I feel that I am gluten intolerant. So, I have learned to eat healthier by eating a gluten-free and whole foods diet. I have just recently discovered the Whole Foods Market on the Internet and have found that there is one located on Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri where I live. Needless to say, while going through my hardships, I decided at the last minute to go along with my family to Estes Park, Colorado. I had a wonderful time in Colorado. The mountains and all of the scenery and the smell of the pine trees were awesome. While in Colorado I noticed that there were a few more Whole Foods Markets than there are in Kansas City. Are you planning on building a new store in the Northland area of Kansas City, Missouri?

JANET PERITO says …

THE SUMMER OF 1972---IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE REST OF MY LIFE........MY BOYFRIEND MARRIED ME TO GET ME OUT OF A BAD FAMILY SITUATION...BUT I HAD TO GET PREGNANT SO HE COULD MARRY ME BECAUSE I WAS ONLY 16....WE HAD OUR SON 1 MONTH AFTER MY MOM RELUCTANTLY SIGNED FOR US TO GET MARRIED. MY HUSBAND AND I DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO CALL OUR OWN---JUST EACH OTHER AND THE BABY. HE WORKED FOR 2.OO AND HOUR AT A GAS STATION AND BOUGHT ME MY FIRST PAIR OF GLASSES...I REMEMBER TELLING HIM THAT I WAS SEEING THE WORLD LIKE I NEVER SAW IT BEFORE...I GUESS WHEN THERE ARE 9 OTHER SIBLINGS TO RAISE-GLASSES WERE NOT A NECESSITY....WELL, WE DID GO ON TO HAVE ANOTHER SON---HAD MANY BUMPS IN THE ROAD------BUT WE NOW HAVE 3 BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN AND A SHARED 38 YEARS BETWEEN US------AND IT ALL STARTED IN THE SUMMER OF 1972!!!!

Melissa says …

The summer I spent in Israel when I was 16 was my most memorable summer. The beaches were gorgeous, the people were wonderful and there was so much to see and do. The food was amazing and the vegetables were so fresh and delicious. That summer broadened my horizons and I made a lot of great friends.

Linda Gaither says …

The year I had gotten married and moved to Barcelona, Spain to be with my soon-to-be graduating new husband is incredibly memorable. It was wonderful to walk down the streets all lined beautiful with rich architecture of centuries past. While there, we went on a 10-day cruise for our honeymoon along the coast of Italy as well; visiting Sicily, Monaco, Florence and Malta. The food in all these places was nothing short of amazing. Paella, wine, pasta, and even the ice cream was awesome. The perfect end to this particular summer was finding out we were expecting our first child, Michael.

jae says …

My most memorable summer was when my family road tripped for 1 1/2 months in our little Toyota Corolla! With 3 of us in the back seat, we basically stuck to each other the whole time from Portland to Florida to New York and back!

Terry says …

The best summers I had where when I was a child with my grandmother on the beach in Maryland. The sun, the salty air and the meals she used to make with all the fresh summer foods. Fried tomatoes, corn on the cob, local chicken. I really miss that lady but as each summer comes around I am reminded of her and the lovely memories as I make my own meals with the fresh foods of summer.

Jacqueline Harrington says …

I got my beautiful dog Satchemo the summer of 2001 and he has been such a gift. I rescued a spunky mischievous puppy from the pound who grew up to be a great companion and a wonderful dog. Training him that summer was an adventure and a privilege as I watched him grow, explore and learn.

Deborah says …

In June of 1979 I turned 27. I was a school teacher home for the summer. In July I participated in the EST training where, over 3 days and two weekends I began a life journey toward self realization, acceptance and intentional thinking. During the graduate courses that followed I met a man, a psychologist, who became my husband. Those were magical times of youth, inspiration -- and consciousness seeking -- floating in isolation tanks -- discovering the world of the transpersonal from Dolphins to Freedom Fighters to Natural Birth and Child Raising. Several life's missions took form that summer. In time I left teaching and became a psychotherapist which has been my career now for 26 years.

Adrienne says …

My most memorable summer was the first time I went to France with my parents. They wanted to go on a tour around the Loire Valley. I had just graduated from college... We stopped at wineries and other fantastic sites. My parents found another couple who were close to their age and my sister and I ran around each little city exploring together. The tour guide was cute and the food was great.

crystal holly says …

>>LAst summer when we got married : )

Patty McCabe says …

summer of 1981- On our honeymoon we went to the inlaws cabin ,had bbq alot and broke their speed boat.and we got married on labor day weekend.

sally says …

The summer that I went to Egypt and Israel!!

Sharon says …

My most memorable summer is when I meet my best friend. We have been best friends going on 41 years now. We have remained best friends even though we have lived in different states for 37 of those years. We have been through a lot but she is the best friend you could have.

Gloria Lorenzo says …

My most memorable summer was earning money to help pay for my Junior year At San Jose State College. Picking strawberries and string beans--all stoop labor.Then night work at the cannery, rotating on the fruit cocktail machine and grape belt. I was the only one who spoke English, but sang along with the others. The floors were always wet, so we stood in large cardboard boxes. When it was time to say goodbye--as the work was ending-we took up a collection and bought a black lace negligee for our section leader. She was so surprised!

Martha says …

This is the summer that my Girl Scout troop learned to cook. We set up a camp kitchen and learned how to attach the propane to our gorgeous campstove before setting the burners alight. Then, that done, we moved into my cool kitchen and practiced cooking camp food as if we were om the great outdoors. We scratch-made bread (ground the wheat, some of which we grew) and baked it in our camp oven, we made vegan chili and nitrate-free bacon wrapped hot dogs (and vegan ones too). We checked labels, talked about nutrition using the omnivore pyramid and the vegan wheel, and cooked and ate ourselves silly. Tonight, after presenting a play about their favorite (women) environmentalists, the girls earned an ecology badge. They are very well informed about their planet and what they can do to preserve it. And how else to celebrate? A feast!! Yay you! Thanks, Martha

Sheila Wong says …

Cruising to the North Cape was awesome. We 've been to the Arctic Circle twice within 5 years, as we really enjoyed the serenity of nature in Norway.

Gail says …

My most memorable summer was the summer before my dad passed away. He'd been sick for a while. We spent the summer going for walks and talking. I cherish the time we spent together during his last few weeks.

Nicky says …

My most memorable summer was about 10 years ago when my mom and I went camping for a week. We started on the northern california coast and drove east camping at different lakes and seeing different sites. Loved every minute of it and am so lucky I got to spend so much quality time with my mom!!!

Wynne Corson says …

My most memorable summer was the year I was 12. We had a summer home on a lake in Iowa and I practiced swimming a long way all summer long, so I could swim across the lake (just over a mile.) My Dad rowed along beside me to make sure I didn't get in trouble and it was not a speedy journey, but I was happy to meet my goal when I got to the other side of the lake! And my parents were proud of me for sticking to it and getting it done.

Ruth Smither says …

My most memorable summer was when my husband and I drove out to California and took the coastal highway from Santa Barbara up to Monterey. We visited the Hearst castle and Pebble Beach along with the 17 mile drive in Monterey. It was magnificent!

Morgan says …

My most memorable summer is when I first moved out of my parents house. I completely moved out 4 years ago at the age of 19; while my friends were out partying and having a great time, I was left paying bills, working, cleaning, cooking, and doing the dreaded pile of laundry. But, it was completely worth it in the end. Even if the summer was filled with lots of work and figuring out how to get things done, it was a sense of accomplishment once I figured it out (with the help of my mom, of course!)

Babs says …

My best summer, thus far in my life, was probably the summer of 2006. I took an excursion to Europe and met a young Irish sous-chef working at a quaintly-posh restaurant in the Lac-Leman region of Switzerland. Needless to say, I developed a relationship with both the chef, the land, and the EPIC food. Lavender and honey roasted cornish game hens... Om nom nom! We ended up indulging our collective wild streaks by taking off to Amsterdam for a week, and then to Prague. (lucky for us, its super cheap to bounce around Europe when you're over there) It was the most spontaneously romantic time of my life. Go young love. Theres nothing else like it.

Susan Holaday says …

This was the summer I learned not to worry about how others view me - if I am true to myself and do my best, that is all that really matters. I've spent too many years being submissive to the will of other (and oftencontrolling) people) - it's time for me to take care of myself and enjoy my life.

Kelli Blinn says …

THIS has been my most memorable summer yet! My husband and I had our first child in February and now she's an active, lively, happy little baby who fills our life with joy. Its been amazing to watch the world spin through her eyes and to enjoy the long summer days with a child in the house!

carla martinucci says …

My most memorable summer experience is my family vacation to Italy visiting all my relatives... I just love it out there!!!

hari says …

I had not had a vacation in ages, and my visit to Phoenix to see my son was more than I could have hoped for. Wonderful in every way. It was worth waiting 20 years for a vacation!!

Rachel Carlen says …

This summer has been my most memorable. We moved to the beach and have been able to take our children to the ocean whenever we feel like it. :) Love the beach.

Melanie says …

My most memorable summer was the year my family lived walking distance to the local public pool. I arrived before the doors opened and stayed until they kicked me out! All my friends were there and we lived on fun and sun!

janna says …

2010 - the summer i swam across english bay!

stacy says …

My most memorable summer was the summer my Dad took my brothers and I to NYC. It was July 2001. We saw so many wonderful things in NYC and even got to eat at the top of the World Trade Center.

Cristine says …

My most memorable summer was when my whole family went together to a fly-fishing club on the McCloud River, and spent time walking, picking delicious, fresh blackberries, sitting under the redwood and cedar trees talking, and fly-fishing on the river. It was so hot during the day and mild at night. It was so secluded and away from city lights, the sky was bright with stars. When the generator went off at 10 pm, we'd pull the adirondack chairs out from under the eve of the sleeping house and sit under the sky, seeing if we could pick out shooting stars or satellites. It was a magical place to visit. That trip we saw bears, eagles fishing in the river, and a mountain lion!

gabrielle says …

my most memorable summer has been this summer! right now! i have amazing friends and am trying all sorts of new hobbies.:)

Judy says …

My most memorable summer was the year my daughter and I went to France. It was a quick week but so much was packed into it. It was also a great time to see my daughter as getting older and maturing. I knew she would be okay going away to college in a few years!

Dena says …

The summer of 2007 has been my most memorable summer to date! I spent 10 weeks traveling through Europe with my best friend and enjoying the beauty, the people, and the food!

Zoe says …

My most memorable is the current summer; I am moving my daughter to start classes at a new university

Amanda says …

My mose memorable summer was right after my first child was born! It changed everything!

Patti says …

Ahhhhhhhhh, that last summer before college. Good times. Thanks for having a sweeps!

Bob Brennan says …

I think it was 2003. We took a family vacation in Imperial Beach, south of San Diego. We stayed right across the street from the beach so we did a lot of beach-going. We also visited Sea World and some of the other local attractions. It was a great vacation, mostly because we were all together.

jennifer glasgow says …

The summer that my parents moved to the farm when I was ten was the most memorable. We moved from northern VA suburbia to a farm on the outskirts of DC. It was amazing. We jumped in the hay in the barn, swung from the hay loft on a rope like tarzan, ran in wild flower fields and made crowns of daisies only to find we were covered in ticks and bugs later (but didn't care), caught fireflies by night, and by day caught a thousand crickets and made a cricket farm for the heck of it. the memories go on and on!

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