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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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Rachel Sanches says …

My valentine is my husband of almost 5 yrs - we have spent some valentine's days apart as he served his country in Iraq as part of the Marines. This year I'm blessed to have him here with me! He's my best friend and the most awesome man i've ever met! P.S. Please choose us =)

Amy Atwood says …

My husband is my valentine and he is extra special to me. This is our first valentine's day as a married couple and actually the first valentine's day that we'll spend together (we lived in separate states previously). We work opposite shifts and my sweetie shows his love for me by leavning little notes on the mirror for me to find when I arrive home; he pulls back the covers and fluffs my pillow for me, and he'll set out my towel by the shower and make sure my "house shoes" are by the floor mat so that I won't have to step on the cold tile when I get out of the shower. These are just a few of the ways that makes my sweetie special to me. =)

anna says …

my boyfriend of 8 years is my valentine and our 2 beautiful daughters says he is also their valentine and they can't wait to c what he will bring them this year last year he gave us heart shaped cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries from wholefoods.He is special because on his days off he lets me sleep in and he takes care of the girls also I get breakfast in bed. he never complains about anything he just does what needs to be done so me and the girls have everything we need.

Grace says …

My sweetheart is the Best for she as a single parent raised A handsome young man who is currently enrolled at Cal State Northridge. Through the 15+ years I watched her sacrifice everything in order to provide for her child. Many opportunities have crossed her path but due to her unselfish Love she has never complained or regret her choices. SADLY is her Birthday is always spent at some retreat or conference yes work. She said to me " I'm sorry but I signed up for this job and my Birthday. Is just another day . I think she deserves a break..she's the Best..Its rare to find a woman who doesn't think of her needs, until the soles are worn if you catch my drift. Thank you for letting me share words about a special Woman!

Patricia Pentz says …

I would say it is all of my family. They grow up so fast, and next thing you know, you have grand children, and the saying is true, you can spoil them and give them back. So a healthy happy family is the best gift for Valentine's Day. Patricia

Barb says …

My husband loves me even when I'm cranky.

Theresa says …

I am very happy to be married to my husband for almost 7 years now. He is perfect for me and a really great dad to our 5 children.

Christy says …

It is not often enough that I tell my hubby thank you for the everyday little things. No, everyday is not a fairytale, and we have gone to bed angry. But, truthfully fairytales would grow old, and feelings need expression. How blessed I been to have had 19 wonderful Happy Valentine Days with you. I am so thankful for you, and I dearly love you, my Hubbybear.

Courtney says …

Valentines day is special because I have another year to spend with my children.

Kylie buchan says …

My husband and I will be spending valentines day the same way we do every night, making a healthy dinner together and enjoying a good wine.

Patty Hildebrand says …

I have been battling leukemia for 17 years though there is a very special man in my life that has been there for me through all of the bone marrow biopsies, held my head when I am sick & hurling my meal. Despite all of my bad days he is been a rock for me. In this day when so many are self serving. I feel very blessed to have this man in my life. I don't know what I would do without his emotional support as I go through the fight of my life and I would love to surprise him with a token of my love & gratitude, Patty Hildebrand

Ariel Mokdad says …

My boyfriend of 3 years is a very special Valentine because he has been the most supportive person in my life. He has even changed his eating habits from Kraft Macaroni and cheese to a much healthier option of Annie's (which I am so happy about). He has been willing to try healthier foods and even when I make an awful dish he still smiles and eats it. I am so grateful to have such a supportive and caring person in my life.

maryann says …

I couldnt ask for a more wonderful husband. He is always so considerate of me and what I need. He always looks out for me and goes out of his way to make me happy. I love him with all my heart.

Kat says …

My hubby of course!

Tenee Jackson says …

I love my sweetest children...they are helping me with my dream of opening an organic spa..they have supported me in my schooling the last year and now are helping remodel a building in an eco-friendly way...they are learning as well as teaching! They are my valentines everyday! =)

Carissa says …

My Valentine is my partner of 2 years. He is special because he has suck with me through everything the past two years. I had health issues last year for about 8 months, and even though it put a strain on our relationship sometimes, he was always by my side and supporting me through it all. I can't thank him enough for all that he's done for me. I am so grateful to have him in my life.

Donna Z says …

My valentine is my Husband. I can be with him 24/7 and not get tired of him!

Kim B. says …

My children are my favorite valentines - they make me laugh, smile and my love for them fills my heart to overflowing! They are both budding young chefs. We have a great time together creating delicious dishes. Besides, the only thing more fun than cooking is eating!

Sherly says …

I love my sweetie. Even though he's serving in the army in Korea and is super busy all the time, he calls me every week and writes to me. He listens and supports me which makes him special.

Claire says …

My valentine is my mother this year, because I don't have a significant other. LOL. Anyway, I chose her because she raised me to be the best person I can be, and I am very confident in myself thanks to her... She's truly my #1 hero and role model. Thanks mom!! :)

Daniel Kozik says …

My wife Patty, is simply the love of my life.

Beth says …

My valentine is a woman I admire, respect, and deeply love. She is a sweet, fun, loving partner as well as the most amazing mother I have ever witnessed. She is full of infinite patience, wisdom, and love for her 2 amazing children. I am one happy woman to count her as my valentine!

Nadia says …

My sweetie wins my heart over and over through small gestures that seemed to be perfectly timed for when I need an extra push; like coffee in bed every morning, driving me to whatever appointment I am inevitably late for, and showing genuine appreciation each time I put a meal on the table. But, on top of all of this, I am extra lucky to have someone so special that they picked up, left their career and moved across the country with me so I can pursue my dreams. It is such a gift be so loved and supported. And, I hope that these last ten years mature into a lifetime.

Amy says …

My valentine will be halfway across the country :(

amanda says …

My husband is my valentine I work and he works. My husband gets home before I do and yet somehow when I get home he has managed to clean up the house for me. He says he would rather he do it than me because he would rather sit with me than have to have me clean all evening and cook....He is the most thoughtful wonderful man I know and he is my best friend.

Debbie says …

My husband goes above and beyond. Having a disability, he does the small things, like pick something up off the floor, or help me put my shoes on if needed. I don't get as many of those romantic gestures, but after 9 years he still makes me giggle every day.

Suzanne says …

My 3 sons are grown and long gone (far from home), but I always send them, and their families, something special for Valentine's Day. They will always be my Valentines, no matter how old they are! My eldest was a loyal customer/advocate of Whole Foods when he lived in TX. But then he moved away. After living several years in Baton Rouge, he is now a "happy camper" (again) since Whole Foods opened in his new hometown! If he won a basket of goodies from WF, that would be icing on his VDay cake!

Paul F. says …

My beautiful wife is my Valentine. With the help of Whole Foods she's dedicated to making sure our family of five stays healthy. I couldn't do it without her.

Sally O says …

My Valentine is my mother, who's always there for me. She sends me a care package of goodies every Valentine's Day, so I'd love to send her one in return!

Soyya says …

My valentine is a sweetie because he loves me for who I am and he always sees my potential even when I can't.

Tracie Wood says …

What doesn't make him the best Valentine?! He cooks, cleans, scraped four inches of ice off the sidewalk and driveway today... and best of all, is very patient with a very pregnant me! Thanks whole foods!

Michelle says …

My husband is the best father to our son, the best I could ever ask for!

m says …

My fiance Roberto is a big sweetheart. He always has gluten free brownies, soy ice cream and tissues handy when I'm watching telenovelas.

Juanita says …

My boyfriend is my valentine. He's the man I could trust with anything in my life and has always been by my side. <3

Roberta says …

My valentine always treats me as if it is always valentine. not with things but with sweet sayings. It has been that way for 36 years. Looks, a touch lets me know he loves me.

April says …

My Valentine is special b/c of the love he has for me, the caring, the support, the kind words and tenderness. He has a heart of gold and deserves so much more than I could ever give. Happy Valentine's Day!

Deanne says …

I love my valentine because he always makes me smile :o)

Lillian says …

My Valentine is made special by my wOnderful boyfriend who started a tradition for us to spend our money on donations to causes we care about instead of stuff. Such a wonderful idea that after he did it for me, no way we're going back. Never thought much about the holiday but it is a good way to show love for each other and organizations we care about.

Kimberly says …

My husband is my healthy and happpy Valentine. What better way to say I love you, than to appeal to his healthy nature?

Carrie Bezak says …

My Valentine is my best friend/chosen sister who has "had my back" for the last 2 years while I've been battling cancer.

shana says …

Even though I'm 23, this will be my very first time celebrating Valentine's Day. I've finally found my love and I can't wait to share this day with him.

SusieBeeOnMaui (Eat Little, Eat Big) says …

My hubby loves me even when I'm grumpy ... and he always does the dishes!

Andrea says …

My valentine is my husband. This is a special Valentine's Day because it is our first as a married couple!

sarah says …

I have a whole group of Valentines! My friends are incredibly fun and caring. This year the guys might even be making us dinner. :)

sarah says …

I have a whole group of Valentines! My friends are incredibly fun and caring. This year the guys might even be making us dinner. :)

Maria says …

My husband is my Valentine and he always makes my Valentines Day special by helping with the dishes and laundry and fixing things around the house.

Kim Robertson says …

My valentine (aka my husband) serves in the military and makes sacrifices everyday for our freedom. While he isn't around as much as I would hope, I know he is keeping our country safe and secure!

Claire Knightly says …

My husband is my valentine. He's an amazing life partner, dad to our kids, son-in-law to my mom, son to his parents. I'm so blessed to get to share and spend my life with him.

Alene says …

My Valentine is my husband. He is my best friend and I love spending time with him and laughing till our sides hurt. I am a lucky girl.

Heather Hardin says …

Valentine's Day is special to me because I get to spend it with my husband and kids! But that is true of everyday!

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