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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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Rebekah Esch says …

My husband is my valentine. He is what a husband should be. Very loving and supportive. He allows me to stay home with our daughter while he works hard at his job. Then he give back even more by sharing responsibilities with raising our daughter while still being a romantic spouse. He never tires of outserving me.

Rachel says …

Oh, what a wonderful contest! This year my Valentine is special because it's the very first year I actually have a Valentine to celebrate it with. That's right... I've been single for 23 YEARS and have finally found someone to spend this wonderful day of love with : ) For once, I won't be crying...or hiding in my apartment...or glaring at all the happy couples because I am one of them! So THAT is what makes this year so special and I can't wait to celebrate it! I would LOVE to win this giveaway, WHOLE FOODS is the best there is <3

Jennifer Phy says …

My 6 year old daughter is spending her first Valentine's Day with a crush...too young? Maybe...but her crush is Elvis Presley! That girl has good taste! Love me tender Lenore!!

Teresa Dugger says …

My valentine...a hundred hearts would be to few to hold all the love I have for my wonderful husband :)

Shannon Thomas says …

My Valentine's are my two sweet children and my fluffy white dog :)

JD Baugher says …

My other half is the best. I don't know what I'd do without him.

Helen Haman says …

My son Brian is my Valentine. While he was home for the holidays, little did he expect to have to go to the emergency room with me due to food poisoning. When I fainted at the hospital, both he and my puffy coat insured a soft landing to the floor and stayed at my bedside throughout my time there. When I was released to go home, he made sure that I was safely in bed before going downstairs to park the car. Just before he did that I do remember him said "I love you mom". He's a wonderful son and my valentine. Thank you

Gina says …

The man, the legend, my husband. He is the greatest Valentine ever. He is the male version of me, and we have so much fun together. I love to surprise him and this would be so perfect. HAPPY VDAY WHOLE FOODS!

Barbara Blinkey Blackburn (McLemore) says …

My long time boyfriend William. He's above and beyond when it comes to supporting his family. He works every single day and night exhausted. Wanted to share and show how wonderful life is when labored with love through food. I need Whole Foods to help me because I cannot boil water without buring the pan. My toddler and I love to reuse items to make beautiful decor and one flavorful item is missing. It's been the BEST seven years of our life together! Thank you Whole Foods for everything, everyone and every love you've given.

Suzann Schultz says …

My partner for the last five years deserves to be gifted as he is a wonderful kind man. He is always trustworthy and is a man of his word. When I get sad sometimes, he gives a hug to me even though I haven't even told him what is wrong. He knows me that well. Let him be the one for the gift.

Mary G says …

My Valentine is special because he is spiritual, funny, fun, sweet, forgiving, and the list goes on and on.....

Mary G says …

My valentine is special because he is spiritual, sweet, fun, funny, loving, forgiving, and the list goes on and on....

Richard Liley says …

I love the fact that my wife and I have the same views on healthy foods and dislikes towards fast food or chain restaraunts. There's never any argument on where to eat because we both enjoy eating our own home-cooked "Whole" foods!!

Margene says …

Love Valentine's Day for doing something special for all the people that I love. Top of the list right now -- my grandson!

Sarah Tully says …

My valentine is my girlfriend, Allison. She has been my main support system for a year and a half, and I appreciate her so much. I counted on her when I moved to California for a year, and now we've both started a new adventure in Portland, Oregon. Though we don't celebrate Valentine's day too much (my birthday is just before) there's no reason not too take a day to remember why we're together and celebrate our love and happiness!

jenny says …

I love my husband. Since I often have to work late he cooks dinner which is not easy when you have one child who is a vegetarian and one child who is allergic to beef and eggs. He always manages to come up with something to please everyone. He fills my gas tank up when it is cold and he love love loves our pet cats. He keeps my favorite wine in stock and even though he snores i still love him. He is simply the best!

Charles says …

My dearest Valentine is once again my beautiful and charming wife. Words can not express my love for a woman who I thankfully get to wake-up next too each morning; A woman that spent nine months carrying our child and delivering him naturally. I honestly can say she is “wonder women!” Thank you my love, you are my world!!

Jen says …

My BF is the best! I can always count on him to make me smile no matter what happens.

Lynn says …

My husband is my special valentine. We've been married 23 years and I love him more each year!

Natasha says …

My mom...because no matter what she still loves me unconditionally and believes in me after nearly 40 years. EVERY time I call she sounds happy to hear my voice. She is my hero and has survived so much and just keeps on fighting. I LOVE her so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Linda Scattergood says …

My husband is my Valentine. After almost 24 yrs. together, my husband and I still look at the clouds in the sky and the setting sun.

Jamie Madison says …

My Valentine and I live 4 hours apart... And we will for the next 2 years! I'm going to school (to become a registered dietician!) at Dominican University in Illinois, and John is at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN for a PhD in English. We've been best friends for years, and we're very excited about our future, even though we can't live in the same state until 2012 or so. So, I can't wait to drive down this weekend to spend Valentine's "Weekend" with my Johnny. We're cooking in for Valentine's, because we love food, and a Valentine's Basket from Whole Foods would be an amazing addition to our weekend. :)

Jamie says …

We wish you would build a Whole Foods store in Columbia, SC. It's the central part of the state and more people could get there than to Greenville or Charleston. I would like to give my special Valentine gift to my daughter who is a Senior in high school and has been sick!!! Thank you!!

Molly says …

My Valentine's Day is extra special this year. Not only do I have a fabulous boyfriend who treats me with the utmost respect and always tries to make me happy, but I also have a wonderful group of girlfriends who likes to celebrate Valentines by going to lunch and/or dinner to celebrate us! I am blessed to get to lead a Parkinson's Speech group and will enjoy making Valentine's Day cards with them so that they can give it to their loved one and/or caregiver. Valentines Day is what you make it and even though it is just another day, it is a day denoting love.

Julie Zorgo says …

I love my husband because he is a hard-worker, caring, and a good man!

Alyssa says …

My wonderful husband is my valentine! He takes wonderful care of the whole family, especially when we're all hit with a cold as we are now!

Ruth Helbig says …

This year my valentine is going to be me, for the first time in twenty years. I am going to celebrate one year vegan, and my process towards being happy myself first!

Shautel says …

I love what Valentines Day has come to represent, Love. I show it toy childrens teachers, the women who work in the Church Nursery & most importantly my Husband & children. Everyone in my house gets a special Card from me because they deserve to know how much I love them.

Debbie Gonzalez says …

My husband is my Valentine! We have been best friends for over 20 years and married for 4. He is the best dad ever to our one-year old son and gives him his bath every single night, no matter how tired he is. He can still make me laugh harder than anyone else, even when times are tough.

Deepak says …

My Valentine is my boyfriend Dave. We met each other online and have spent the last year going back and forth across the country every month to see each other. He is an amazing man and this valentines is special because it will be our one year anniversary and we have started to plan to move in together.

Amber B. says …

my husband, of course! he's one weird and wacky guy...which is great, because "normal people" scare both of us. ;-)

Amy Johnsno says …

I would love a $150 gift card or a basket of great treats.

michelle nguyen says …

He is kind and thoughtful and slap your knees funny.

Rebecca says …

My sweetie is my husbad, he's the most amazing man on earth & a very proud soldier. He gives so much of himself to this country and yet continues to get up each and every day to ask what more he can give. He's currently on a 2 week leave from Afghanistan & leaves to go back on the 16th. He's the best!

sarah says …

My husband is the sweetest Valentine -- he is the best dad and funniest guy I know!

Wendy Watson says …

My sweeties are actually my incredible co workers at Growing Hope. I couldn't be luckier for great folks to be with for their thoughtfulness, humor, and wealth of interesting FAQ's!

Alexis says …

My darling Travis, is the most genuinely compassionate and hard-working young man in the world. He deserves more than I could ever give him yet he is grateful to receive anything or nothing at all. I love him wholeheartedly but I think he still loves me more ;)

Suzanne Dallape says …

I unfortunately do not have a Valentine this year. What I do have are four wonderful little boys who give me more love than a whole room full of Valentines!

Jen says …

My boyfriend Jason is my Valentine. He has dug me out twice in the last week!

Jamey Wakefield says …

My Valentine is my mom who loves me and cares for me more than anyone I know!

Vincent Astudillo says …

What makes my Valentine Special is that it is a DAY OF LOVE, and great time to be with those that you love!!!!!! For me that is my FAMILY & FRIENDS!!!!

Sue Siniscal says …

My husband of almost 28 years is my Valentine. He is my valentine for standing by my side through the hard times, which have been many. He has been a provider for our family and even through layoffs, he always did what he could and has been persistant in job hunting, even though discouraged. He is a great father to our children and a good example of a hard worker despite circumstances. Knowing that he cares about me and our household means the world to me.

Kristen Lee says …

My husband Judd and I met on a blind date 20 years ago on the day AFTER Valentine's Day; he proposed to me two months later, and we were married five months after that, on September 28, 1991. It was the first and only blind date either of us have ever had. He is a true man of integrity; he is sweet, kind, honest, romantic and supportive. He has been my best friend through all of life's ups and downs. We love living life together: bike riding, hiking, cooking, and most recently blogging our Vegetarian/Vegan recipes and healthy lifestyle tips. Our greatest accomplishment by far is raising our children in a home filled with love and trust. I love and celebrate my Valentine 365 days a year!

Christine says …

Whole Foods is my husband and my favorite store. We are so happy to finally have one close to home. We go there for date days and shop together for food, drink (love the growlers!), beauty supplies and household stuff. We love it for the 365 standards but always find some new treats to try each visit. I would love my husband, my love, to win!

Pamela Mende says …

My valentine is my boyfriend of 3 years. We've been through a lot together and we haven't has a lot of time recently to be together or have a special date, so I really want to have a special time on Valentine's Day!

Caroline says …

Since I have no husband or a boyfriend these days, my kids are my Valentine's. They shower me with their love and affection :-)

Gemma says …

my wonderful husband, the love of my life- it's valentines day every day here!

Lori Crow says …

In the last year, I lost my mom to lung disease, and my boyfriend to another woman. This year I am an adult orphan, and it is a very lonely holiday for the first time in years. I just started a new job in the D.C. area, and have come to appreciate my team at work, a group of four women who are smart, pretty, funny and totally supportive. I would love to share my "prize" with them, to thank them for being so sweet to the new girl and being my friends when I needed it most. Thank you!

Lory Hayon says …

I look forward to baking something special for my husband and 2 daughters for Valentine's day. The trick is to try to make it as healthy as possible (I am a dietitian), and to disguise the scent of baking until it is time to present the gifts! I have to cook something that has a strong scent to mask the chocolate baking. It's sad because the smell of baked goods is so yummy! But I don't want to spoil the sweet surprise (0:

Jenny says …

My Valentine of 8 years,is a fantastic husband, super Dad, and great best friend!

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