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Win a Labor Day Bag of Gotta Haves

By Paige Brady, August 24, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
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?




Jes says ...
My most memorable summer was the first summer I spent in Colorado...outdoor adventures, delectable food, and friends!
08/24/2010 2:06:04 PM CDT
Christine says ...
My most memorable summer was 2007, the year my husband and I got married. We spent two weeks on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta enjoying each others company, drinking and eating lots. Those memories will always be something we talk about.
08/24/2010 2:09:00 PM CDT
Evan Thomas says ...
My most memorable Summer was the Summer of 06 after my freshman year of high school. We went to Rome! It was the first time out of the country with my family besides Canada, and my first European vacation. It was so much fun to explore a new culture with new language, and now I'm even majoring in Classical Roman and Greek. The best part of the trip was when someone from my class recognized me at the center of the vatican because of a shirt I was wearing; we had NO clue either of us were on an Italian vacation and yet somehow we ran into one another.
08/24/2010 2:10:30 PM CDT
Jenn Burka says ...
My most memorable summer was this past one - I spent ten weeks in Vietnam doing community service work. I helped renovate a school, build two houses for two poor families, and teach at a summer camp for local children in rural Vietnam. I also got to explore central and south Vietnam, immersed in the culture and especially in the food. I tried duck embryo and dog and weasel and wild boar and pigs ears and beef intestine and basically anything that was put in front of me!
08/24/2010 2:18:09 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
It would have to be nearly every summer of my childhood. Days spent at the pool, nights spent catching fireflies and everything in-between - attempting to learn to dive every summer and never mastering it, trips to the fireworks tent on the outskirts of town every July 3rd, and of course, the week long cross-country family road trip. Summers just don't have quite the same meaning as an adult.
08/24/2010 2:31:58 PM CDT
Teri says ...
This summer has been my most memorable. My precious niece turned 1 just a few days ago and in June her little brother was born. These sweeties will be going with their Auntie to Whole Foods cooking classes as soon as they are old enough!!
08/24/2010 2:59:39 PM CDT
Jennifer Hyduke says ...
My memorable summer was the summer I accompanied my son, as a junior golfer, to the PGA Spa and Resort in FL. We met great people, shared great food and it is a time we will always remember together!
08/24/2010 3:11:59 PM CDT
Portia says ...
My most memorable summer was actually the summer of this year. I attended a family reunion and was able to spend time with family members I have not seen in a very long time and some that I had not met at all. It reminds you that the simple things, food, friends and family mean everything.
08/24/2010 3:12:35 PM CDT
Kathy Watson says ...
One of my most memorable summers was when my son was born. It was in the heat of August, so that summer I sweated a lot, but learned to slow down, enjoy the moment and our new family member. (who is now 17 years old by the way!)
08/24/2010 3:26:34 PM CDT
Theresa says ...
The summer I moved out of my parents house to go off to school. Very memorable. I really grew and became self-reliant.
08/24/2010 3:42:04 PM CDT
Ray says ...
The summer I got married was very memorable.
08/24/2010 3:43:08 PM CDT
CW Gillihan says ...
Given my age - 20 - it may come as little surprise that this has been my most memorable summer to date. The memories begin in Venezuela, where I visited my girlfriend and her family. Between the dancing and the beaches I ate some of the best food I've ever encountered. Queso blanco, plantains, yuca, arepas, avocado, wine (no se preocupa - the drinking age is 18 there)...amazing, no doubt. Then it was off to San Francisco, where I spent the summer interning at a non-profit and living with my older brother. Again, the food draws me in, as San Francisco is filled with farmers markets and artisan food products. Finally, I ended the summer working on a farm in Northern California, where everyday my dinner consisted of whatever I decided to pick off the vine (or tree, or bush) that evening. A summer for foodies, indeed!
08/24/2010 3:44:28 PM CDT
megan says ...
my most memorable summer thur far was in 2006, I graduated from college and planned my wedding to my wonderful husband!
08/24/2010 3:48:35 PM CDT
Katie says ...
One of my most memorable summers was 2006. I studied abroad in Argentina and in addition to brushing up on my Spanish, I also had the opportunity to eat a lot of grass-fed delicious beef. My boyfriend at the time didn't believe me when I told him how good it was....until he came down to visit me and completely agreed. Along with eating amazing food I had the opportunity to travel around the country seeing the waterfalls at Iguazu Falls, the Andes Mountains in Bariloche, the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia, the tip of South America in Ushuaia and even a day trip over to Uruguay!
08/24/2010 3:52:17 PM CDT
Es says ...
My most memorable summer was the summer I went away to college. I was so desperate to move out of the house I left in July. It was a very confusing, but fun, alcohol-ridden time. I was very different from the kids in my suburban college- having grown up in a big city. But it was a lot of fun, I became good friends with a couple of my roommates which made the transition easier and I learned a lot about what to expect in the fall. And the campus was really pretty, made of red brick- something not too common in South Florida.
08/24/2010 4:01:17 PM CDT
Dee says ...
My most memorable summer was my last year as a camp counselor--oh, about 30 years ago! I loved my work, my surroundings, and my friends.
08/24/2010 4:08:27 PM CDT
Cathy says ...
My most memorable summer(s) were those spent in Alaska. With the long hours of daylight, we were able to enjoy daytime pleasures like hiking and biking well into the evening hours. BBQs consisted of freshly caught salmon, halibut and the occasional treat when friends brought caribou and other wild game. Good food, good friends and a beautiful environment!
08/24/2010 4:24:53 PM CDT
Beth H, says ...
The summer that really sticks out for me was the July that i turned 7 years old. My parents took me camping at Lake Tahoe. My birthday is close to the 4th of July so there was a huge fireworks show over the lake. My dad also rented a little boat and i remember him teaching me how to drive it! I have a picture of him and i on the boat with huge grins. Such a good time and a memory i'll always cherish.
08/24/2010 4:27:34 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
My most memorable summer was the summer I spent a month with my sister and brother-in-law demolishing parts of a house they'd just bought. I left just as they needed to start constructing what we'd torn out. ;-) Demolishing is so much faster and easier!
08/24/2010 4:29:20 PM CDT
Dianne says ...
Think of it, the summer of ’63. My two older brothers and myself in our Woodie on the way to the Midwest for the Summer. My folks were school teachers so we had the whole summer to play on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin. We converged with 8 other cousins into cabins owned by my Grandparents. The days were filled with swimming, plays, fishing and skipping rocks….do you know how many hours we spent skipping rocks? My Grandma was constantly in the kitchen cooking and baking homemade bread, yes, homemade bread. I will never forget the smell wafting through the cabins. At night we told stories, sang songs (you know the 60’s music was the best of all time) and hunted fire flies and night crawlers (for fishing the next day). Oh, what a summer, what memories of good old fashioned fun, good food and the love of family!!!!!!
08/24/2010 5:10:27 PM CDT
Kari says ...
This summer! I started off this summer marrying my best friend and enjoying a honeymoon in beautiful Charleston, SC. We've spent time with family and friends, traveled, and had a great time. Good food and good times go hand-in-hand!
08/24/2010 5:15:25 PM CDT
Claudia Blum says ...
My most memorable summer would have to be this one!! I got married at the end of May and its been an exciting summer since! We headed off to Santa Barbra and enjoyed some great seafood and fresh guacamole and salsa..the food is so fresh and delicious out there. Since we have been back we have been grilling out a lot...from pink salmon to red steaks and sweet potatoes. We got to enjoy the St. Joe's picnic together and the Kentucky State Fair which we both loooove going to (especially together). To finish off the summer I know we will be having a cook out with the friends.
08/24/2010 5:18:17 PM CDT
Christine S says ...
My most memorable summer was this year- 2010. Our family moved 2000 miles from home. It's been a huge adventure to all of us as we get used to a new area, a new house and a lot of new friends. It would be great to have our first big cookout in our new home!
08/24/2010 5:20:13 PM CDT
Heidi says ...
Every summer, I would go to Arizona to stay with my Aunt and cousins. She was the greatest. She would always take us places and buy me new school clothes. She was like a second mom to me.
08/24/2010 5:21:16 PM CDT
Cathy Hightower says ...
2010 was my most memorable summer as my daughter was pregnant with my first grandchild and I got to share in all of the joy with her
08/24/2010 5:30:09 PM CDT