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Win Your Valentine a Gift that Gives Back

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving gifts that give back, helping spread that V-Day love around the world. Through fair prices, direct trade, community development and environmental stewardship, gifts of Whole Trade and Fair Trade treats add a new meaning to the old saying: “it’s the thought that counts.” Yes, it’s the thought…the thought that every purchase supports the workers and communities that produce the item you’re buying. From flowers and chocolates to wines and unique snacks, you can find a bundle of treats for your valentine. And to spread a little love around ourselves, we’re giving away five gift baskets full of socially responsible goodies. Why? Because it feels good to give gifts that give back! We’re giving away five baskets filled with Whole Trade and Fair Trade treats – from milk chocolate hearts and chocolate dipped bananas to cinnamon sugar drizzled popcorn and dark chocolate granola. Just enter a comment below by February 10th telling us what makes your Valentine special. Whether it’s your sweetie or your grandma, we want to hear it all! We’ll choose five comments at random to receive a Valentine gift basket. And one of the lucky winners will also receive a $150 Whole Foods Market gift card to use to purchase a few bouquets of our beautiful Whole Trade roses, Fair Trade wines or ingredients for a home-cooked dinner for two. Here's the list of goodies you can look forward to in this basket of love. Even if you don’t win a basket from us, you can surprise your valentine with a sweet and meaningful treat! 365 Everyday Value Organic Swiss Milk and Dark Chocolate Bars - Every bite is not only creamy and smooth–but responsible, too. All of our chocolate bars carry the Whole Trade™ Guarantee that ensures more money to the producers, better wages for workers and sustainable farming in the Dominican Republic where the beans are grown. Divine Chocolate Milk Chocolate Hearts and Bars - Divine’s cocoa beans are carefully fermented and dried by the farmers who co-own the company. When consumers purchase Divine Chocolate products for their loved ones, they're doing a good thing for the farmers in Ghana by ensuring that they receive a Fair Trade price for their cocoa beans. Theo Organic Chocolate Bars in three classic flavors - Orange Dark Chocolate, Cherry & Almond Dark Chocolate and Chile Spice - with outstanding taste and ethically, sustainably production practices. Kopali Organic Dark Chocolate Bananas - perfectly sweet and rich, irresistibly luscious, and 100% organic.  And if that were not enough, with your purchase you join Kopali in directly supporting sustainable farmers and Fair Trade. Popcorn Indiana Whole Trade Cinnamon Sugar Drizzled Kettlecorn – sinfully smooth white chocolate drizzled, all-natural, hand-crafted, taste-bud rocking Cinnamon Kettle corn developed in partnership with Whole Foods Market using organic sweeteners, flavors and spices. Nature's Path's Organic Love Cruncha delicious dark chocolate granola developed exclusively with Whole Foods Market. Best part?  For every box sold, Nature's Path will donate $1 to Whole Planet Foundation to help women lift themselves out of poverty. Remember, tell us about your Valentine by February 10th!

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Rebecca says …

My valentine is my loving husband, who is finally home from Iraq and it is a blessing for us to all be together with our 2 boys and new baby girl. We love Whole Foods! It's our favorite place to go get yummy food and treats. I only wish there was one closer to our house so we could go every few days.

Katherine says …

All the hearts and flowers this year are for my son and his new wife! xxoo -- they are the best.

Simi says …

What makes my valentines day special? Well i would have to say my family! My family is amazing supportive and always there for each other, and i just love my family so much! I would LOVE to win these goodies to give to my family members! They WILL LOVE IT! We cant afford to buy many things from whole foods because its very costly, but the couple times we have shopped at your store over the years, i will always keep those memories of fun times at your lovely store! Please pick me to win some goodies, i would absolutely be so happy to share everything with my amazing family that i love SO MUCH! <3 - Simi - xoxo Happy Valentines Day to Everyone at Whole Foods! LOVE YOU GUYS! <3

Grace says …

This year, I'm going to say my Valentines are my family. The most loving, supportive, and gracious people out there.

Allison says …

My Valentine is my best friend - my husband!!

Diane Rossiter says …

Valentine's Day is a special celebration of love; it's a time to refresh the romance in your lives. Let's take the opportunity to remind ourselves and our loved ones how special they are to us. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.

Debbie W says …

My hubby and are inseparable in a unique way. It was 20 years ago on Valentine's day that he went into complete kidney failure and I found out I could be his donour. The rest is history, because I still have him, and we are both healthy to boot.

dave says …

With all the changes in our life:immigration,moving,living situation,moving again, and a newborn. Our struggles bring us closer together.

Rachael Green says …

Jeff is the best friend, dad, and husband in the whole world! I love to get valentine stuff from whole foods b/c I can't have milk and they make it so easy to still get CHOCOLATE!! Thanks for sheltering us and feeding us and being there when we need you!!

Bonnie says …

I'm lucky enough to have 2 valentines this year, My hubby and my new baby girl :) They both show me how to love more every day

Lise says …

My husband is a very amazing man since he does house work and makes delicious dishes when I come home from work. My wish to him is to give a memorable evening but we are on a budget...any suggestions for a home dinner date? Thanks & have a great day! :-)

Debra Dunham says …

My Special Valentine is my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter Adriana who greets me every morning and evening with a hug and kiss. No matter what I experience during the day, when I see her I can't help but smile. She loves me unconditionally. It's a JOY and I just LOVE HER SO MUCH!

Adam says …

I love my girlfriend, and she's my valentine because she has long mermaid hair and an amazing ability to draw cats in boats with owls. She can grow plants out of concrete, as well.

Jonnette says …

My boyfriend is my valentine. He is so special to me because he moves me emotionally, physically, & spiritually. I never believed in soul mates until I met him. :)

gail williams says …

MY BEST FRIEND IS MY VALENTINE...HE VOLUNTEERS IN THE HOMELESS MINISTRY PASSING OUT FOOD AND CLOTHES TO THE HOMELESS.HE ALSO IS A BIG BROTHER TO LESS FORTUNATE KIDS. HE ALWAYS THINKS OF OTHERS AND READY TO LEND A HELPING HAND..HE LOVES TO VISIT THE ELDERLY IN THE NURSING HOMES ...HE IS A VALENTINE FOR SURE ..HE HAS A HEART FILLED WITH LOVE

Kristy says …

My youngest nephew is my Valentine. He will turn 6 years old this Valentine's and is the best person to celebrate the day with.

Angela G says …

I love my special Valentine Mark because he never settles for mediocrity. Plus he always picks the best places for VDay dinner!

Joann says …

My valentine is my wonderful son! He is smart and sweet and is a joy to spend time with! I could not ask for a better valentine!

Louisa says …

I was lucky enough to marry my best friend. We had been friends for over two years as I was dating someone else on and off again. Well once the boyfriend and I were off again for sometime I realized that I was turning down dates and other plans to spend more time with my now husband. We have been married for just about ten years now. There is not a day that goes by that he does not mention how much he loves me and how beautiful I am to him. I recently had to go on medical leave from work and deal with some issues of getting older and being in a wheelchair. Rather than complain or get frustrated, he says how he is happy to have me at home, his life has never been better and that he really likes feeling like he is taking care of me. He is the best Valentine anyone could ask for. He is a marvelous cook. We have turned the Top Chef All-Stars show into a game. We have dinner parties every two to three weeks and see who is closer to winning the All-Star betting pool. We love to shop at Whole Foods but since we are a one income family right now, we have had to cut back on expenses. We still get most of our fish and meat there but have cut out the other luxury items. Winning this for him would brighten his face and make him smile. You can't go wrong with Theo's and Whole Foods.

Erin Hinz says …

I am lucky enough to have two valentines; my mom and grandma. I recently moved back home after finishing grad school and we are all having so much fun reuniting. Im making them a special dinner on valentines day and a lots of treats like your nutty fruity chocolate valentine bars. Can't wait! Hope I win!

Kris says …

We live over an hour away from every Whole Foods. Yet my hubby of 20 years takes me there at least once a month to shop. We think it is actually fun to go to Whole Foods. Love talking to the cheese clerks and tasting. Yum.

Tamara says …

There are so many reasons why my husband is my Valentine. It's so easy to sometimes forget when life gets in the way. However when I really sit and think about it, it's everything. Its the almost 17 years we've been married and we've been apart due to military deployments for 7 of it and yet we still love each other more than ever. He's always there for me, he's my biggest cheerleader, he's my positive ray of sunshine when I'm down, he's the one person that seems to always understand me. When our 5yr old son gets up with a nightmare so many times he has been the one to get up. He takes care of bathtime at night with our son to give me a bit of peace after I've had a hard day at work. He cleans the cat's litter box, prepares the house in the morning for the new day, he packs my lunch, he cooks dinner. After all these years, he still deals with all my silly, idiotic, goofy things I do with a grin on his face. I love my Valentine more than ever.

John says …

Because she is so kind and in gentle, in spite of adversities that have presented themselves to her. And she is kind to so many animals, even me......

Pam says …

my valentine is my husband, the supportive, loving, and handsome man of my dreams!

Brandon Vana says …

My Valentine is my girlfriend of four years( on Valentines day :D ) , Wendy. I could sit here and write an endless essay about my love, adventures, and her inspiration on my life, but instead i would like to convey the power of love through my eyes. This beautiful young women opened her heart to me four years ago the moment I took her out on the balcony on our romantic dinner in Seattle with a breath taking view of the city, held her tight, kissed her forehead and the rest came so naturally. From that point on my life changed forever. Four years with Wendy has been an experience some may never know. With her huge heart she has melted me down and built me back up. I never wrote for fun or at all before i met her, for the past three and a half years my heart has been filled with this "song" a song that never stops singing. This song of hundreds of pages of poetry that attempt to put my words into meaning and description of love for her. While she reads, her face lights up and I fall in love all over again way to many times to count. Weather its our amazing adventures traveling the world together or its just the simple things we do each week like meeting for lunch at the pizza counter in Whole Foods, You impacted my world, the Seattle communities and your families life with your giant heart that knows no bounds. I Love You Pumpkin!

Mrs. Swenson says …

I have two Valentines - my husband and my newborn daughter. They both make me laugh every day.

Faleen says …

I love my son and daughter in law for being so caring about me and preparing my favorite dishes when i visit them. Actually i adore my grandcat Smitty, but she cant eat any of the 'gifts' in the prize. Thank you in advance in case i actually win.

Elaine says …

For my husband who is working so hard to get his new business started...I really want to make him feel special, and remind him of how grateful I am to have him in my life...

bettie b says …

My Valentine this year is my 9 yr old grandson,who is the star student of his class . He makes my heart smile in so many ways.A small guy with a gigantic heart.

Kathryn says …

I love Whole Foods Markets as much as I love chocolate covered strawberries and butternut squash soup!!! My special Valentine is my little granddaughter Sophia, 8 months old. Happy Valentine's Day.

Jennifer Plante says …

My husband is my Valentine love. He is the most patient and appreciative person I know, and always makes a point to pamper me. He is a great dad, and lifetime partner...I really am lucky.

Lakshmi says …

Twenty seven years ago, for the first valentine after my wedding my husband sent me red roses. I was in Michigan and he was in California. I met my husband on Christmas eve in Los Angeles, He proposed to me the very same week, We married in January. I had to return to Ann Arbor to wind up my work at the University of Michigan and sell my condo. I could not be with him for Valentine. I still have those red roses with me. I love roses. I have a beautiful rose garden. I tell everyone that the best thing that happened to in this country is meeting and marrying my husband. Valentine symbolizes the enduring love that my husband and I have for each other. I wish everyone a happy Valentine day.

Stacy Rowicki says …

My Special Valentine would definately be my honey...aka:Alois ...my husband! So what makes him so special?? He cleans out the four litter boxes, helps with the laundry, cleaning, dishes, cooking etc&gives me tender love and care!He helps me EVERY single night with my breathing treatments even when he is exhausted..he always lets me know Im loved;)

p says …

my valentine is my twin sister. i have been laid up because of a car accident. unable to get around anywhere or do anything without help and she has been there every step of the way to take care of me, trudging down snowy streets to bring me food, running errands in blowing winds, trying to help me every step of the way despite being in pain and undergoing physical therapy herself. or as she puts it: sis you are a part of me. i hope I win a gift so I can make her valentine special since both of us are financially pressed right now.

Jennifer says …

My husband cooks, cleans, and makes our whole family laugh all while working full time and working on his Master's degree. He is truly a SUPERMAN! He loves going to Whole Foods to surprise us with something new and healthy for dinner so this basket would be a great treat for him!

Nancy M. says …

My sweatheart is my husband Joe. He feels that God put him on earth to love others and thank God I get to be one of those blessed recipients of his love and kindness. Joe has been through a lot lately and no matter what comes his way- sickness or loss of job- he still keeps on giving and loving. My sweatheart definitely deserves a treat that is sweet and that it gives back to others is so appropriate and reflective of his life. Nancy

Alexis Nunez says …

My hubbie always makes me dance when he can tell I am down. It is hard to stay down when you are dancing :).

Kathie howes says …

My six month old son is my Valentine this year. My other Valentine (aka my husband) and I never thought we'd have a baby, so to be able to wake up every day with such joy in our lives makes our baby boy the best Valentine ever!

Anne says …

My boyfriend is the best. I love him so much. He is so concious about how he spends his money, always choosing to support brands that better the community at large. I'd love to be able to give him this gift.

Sharon says …

What makes Valentines special for me is a conscientious recognition and expression of love and commitment from my sweety.

kim toure says …

as much as i would love for my spouse to be my valentine he's not from a culture of romantics and so like always like everyday my celebration of life & love will take place with our 3 youngsters we'll eat organic chocolate drink yummy seltzer drinks eat delicious organic food and smell the roses it's just like a lot of days for us and it helps my should be valentine understand it all w/love k.

Joy says …

My Valentine is my exceptional husband, and this gift basket seems like it was created with him in mind. He loves contests, he loves to eat good food (okay, we both do) and he's passionate about environmental stewardship and sustainable farming.

Andria M says …

My Valentine is my hubby! The best Valentines present was my doberman pinscher, Prince who we lost 3 years ago to cancer. I miss my boy sooo much. He was the best dog ever!

Cassie says …

My husband of 5 years is my valentine! We have two beautiful children together, and we enjoy spending time together as a family! We love shopping at Whole Foods, and trying out new foods, wines and health and beauty products! We enjoy cooking together as well, which makes us closer as a family. Our children understand and value the importance of eating healthy!

Jessica says …

My Valentine is my wonderful boyfriend, who is so thoughtful and is even learning to cook some great meals for me!

Heather says …

My valentines this year will be made especially special by spending it with my boyfriend.

Lauren says …

My valentine is my hardworking, kindhearted, amazing Mom. She raised me as a single parent, and is always putting her needs on the back burner to help others. She is always working or volunteering, and refuses to shower herself. Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to show her how grateful and honored I am to have her as my Mom.

Dana says …

What makes my sweetie special is that this year we are expecting our first baby during this valentines day. We have been trying to have a baby for two years and finally here it is and I wouldn't want to be with anybody else. He is a wonderful dad to be!

Patty Wise Noble says …

I am excited to be celebrating the first "Valiversary" with my wonderful husband Jon! We got married on Valentine's Day 2010. I don't think we could have picked a more perfect day to be married. Since then, every single day for us has been Valentine's Day. How blessed we are to have each other! We had a home wedding and I came down the stairs to the song "What A Wonderful World." We were married in front of our fireplace. Above it hangs the quote; "And I think to myself... what a wonderful world." It is a lovely reminder and my world is truly wonderful since I am sharing it every day with my Valentine, my husband, Jon.

Kristina Osberg says …

My Valentine cooks all our meals...and those meals are DELICIOUS. There is nothing sexier than a man who can cook well. I love him very much.

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