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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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Nora Hennesy says …

My most memorable summer was the summer of 2005. I had just graduated from high school and followed my Swiss high school boyfriend back to Switzerland. Of course that didn't work out, so I spent 3 weeks in Paris, staying at a hostel. There is nothing like drinking, eating, and philosophizing with complete strangers. Half way through my stay there I realized I was broke (probably due to all the wine consumed) and from there on out I ate nothing but cheese, bread, a few cheap bottles of wine, and what ever produce I could find at the stand across the street. I spent a lot of time sitting by the Seine and just wandering around. I meet a lot of great people, ate some amazingly simple and wonderful food, and completely lived in the moment for those three weeks.

Holly says …

My most memorable summer was in 2009, when I drove half way across the United States. I reunited with relatives and friends along the way that I haven't seen in years. Spent some time with my sister, who celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary.

zgutierrez says …

Memorable Day of the summer:The 1st time there was no drama or bickering at a family grilling'. Alot of food,football & beer,when both my husband & my family plus some extended family get together, anything can happen. It was an odd event.. but one foe the books =) and its never happened again..lol

Dyana Lopez says …

My best summer memory was when I went to El Salvador to spend time with my family there. We went to the beach and sightseeing. It was just a lovely time that I won't soon forget.

Wendy says …

This past summer was one of my most memorable. Took the family to TX and enjoyed a safari drive through a conservation center where we all got up close and able to feed some beautiful animals like giraffes, wildebeasts, emus, etc.

Rachel Roland says …

My most memorable has been this summer, so far. I live in Phoenix, AZ, and we took a family vacation to Redmond, WA in July. It was so beautiful there and my children had a great time playing outside (impossible to do here unless it's the middle of the night), and we just enjoyed the fresh air. It was a great trip that I'll remember forever.

frances tutt says …

Camp tumbling waters in GA. Gigi and I had a blast. It was simply the best ever. My uncle owned the camp and I went free. I could not afford it otherwise. Thanks Uncle Horace!

miriam says …

Most most recent memorable summer was 6 years ago when I spent 2 weeks roaming Italy and Croatia. Dubrovnik was beautiful as were the people who lived there. Very warm and hospitable. How could you act any other way when you live on the water in such a picturesque port? Prior to that was a coming of age summer in Atlantic City at the Breakers Hotel, which is long gone. My family would go there every summer. I miss the days of long walks on the boardwalk and getting up at 6 am to bike ride along the boardwalk. What more can someone ask for than an entire summer of smelling the great salt/ocean air?

Jamie C. says …

With a lot of advanced planning and a little bit of luck, one summer I put together a 4 week vacation touring the desert southwest with my DH and three children. It was once in a lifetime family bonding and a highly educational experience we remember it with great fondness.

Kathy says …

The summers we visited my grandparents' farm in the mountains of WV. We'd play all day in the nearby creek and then go pick vegetables for the evening dinner. Green beans, corn, basically anything was at our disposal. For dessert, we'd have a tomato picked from the garden sliced into bowls with a touch of salt. I still remember how amazing they tasted - still warm from the sunshine and incredibly fresh. We'd have extra napkins to keep our chins and laps clean while we ate them and watched "Starsky & Hutch" (haha). I also learned how my grandmother made corn relish and sweet & sour pickles which she canned and we'd look forward to getting in a package every Christmas. At night we would go out on the back porch where all the cousins would pile onto the long porch swing that my great grandfather had made. We'd sit there really quiet and look at the sky which was jam packed with stars. I remember how noisy it was - the crickets, bullfrogs, all the night time creatures clamoring for their moment. The warm, soft breeze while we swung to and fro often put many of us to sleep (and I think it was our parents' secret weapon!) I really miss those summer time visits and am sad that my own children will not be able to experience that little slice of heaven.

Sharon says …

This summer has been my most memorable so far because I am trying to become more self sufficient, eating healthy, and leaving a much smaller carbon footprint. I am loving canning all of the fresh fruit and veggies I have been getting. It's hard work, but it's very satisfying.

Kim Huebner says …

My most memorable summer was the summer of 92, I was 6 months pregnant taking drivers ed in June. July was so hot and I had hives but also got to spend a week with family at my aunt's cabin. August 17th I went into labor and had my son that evening and while watching the news it said it was snowing across the state (MI). Although I had many memorable summers as a child and teenager in MI that summer will always be the closest to my heart.

Karla Jo Ford says …

Summer of 1978, I fell in love with a man named Dan. We were married two years later & have been together, raised five kids, worked our tails off & are looking forward to being grandparents for the first time this coming January! 1978--- best summer ever! Longer---- by dan fogelberg trips to the plaza swimming running biking hanging out learning to love God & each other! Thanks for the memories!

Sandra Taylor says …

This summer has been one of my most memorable. Had lots of fun with our one year old grandson and the whole family.

Christina says …

My most memorable summer was the summer I met my husband (15 years ago).

Margaret says …

My most memorable summer? I have to list just one? Well, the first Summer I went to Europe was fantastic!! The Summer I got married was amazing!! The Summer my Daughter was born was glorious. So I cannot pick just one!!!

Jilana Bond says …

How to pick the most memorable is really hard. I have a good one and a bad one. I was 15 just got my learners permit and we were off to Wisconsin Dells. We had so much fun and then the last day of our trip we were at a food court and my dad was having some not so clean Chinese food. Next thing we knew he bit down on something that shouldn't have been in his food and it cracked his tooth and he went into a seizure. (Important note as to why to eat clean....you never know what's in your food.) Hear I am only 15 and just got my drivers permit and I have to follow an ambulance with my little brother sitting next to me. Talk about being scared to death but I will never forget it and my dad turned out to be okay. This summer we took our 5 children and my parents to Disney World.....what a blast that was.

Jessica Fairclough says …

My most memorable summer was summer of 2009. My family went to Jamaica, where my husband is from. I met my beautiful, amazing step children for the first time. We also were able to see where he grew up, all the places that are important to him, and we even went to see where Bob Marley lived his magnificant life. My oldest daughter especially loved the trip. She was in awe of Jamaica's beauty and I felt so proud of her, taking in the true beauty of the country, not just the "tourist" view. We plan to go back every other year!

Susan Gotham says …

My most memorable summer was the summer of 2009. It was the best and worst summer a gal could have. My twin girls, now happy and healthy 14 month babies, were born in June - three months early. My girls were in the BW NICU from June 25 to Oct 13. After 9 surgeries between them I am happy to say they are doing beautifully. It was the worst summer because I spent most of it in a dingy hotel near the hospital waiting to hear good news or bad news. I sat by NICU isolettes until I was too sore to stand up. I didn't eat/sleep and all my money went to the gross hotel. It was the best summer because I had my girls, Reese and Grayson, and now I can't imagine life without them. And after all we went thru, after all the girls went thru, I do it a hundred times over just to have them in my life. Despite everything I am the luckiest mom in the world.

Karri says …

My favorite summer is this summer! My husband and I have been traveling all summer trying new yummy restaraunts and We are opening a yoga studio this fall!

Suzanne says …

The first summer I dated my husband . We had such a carefree lifestyle back then!!!!

Carol Zamfir says …

My most memorable summer was when I turn 16. You are going to laugh but it is the truth. My dad put a working toilet in our home, well sort of our home he turned a porch into a bathroom it had a tub and toilet in it and it was the best thing ever. We no longer was embarassed to have friends come over and my parents gave me a 16th birthday party it was a lot of fun, but the best part of the whole day was what my dad did for our family. Oh and I am not as old as you may think, however the house was.

Connie N. says …

It would be one of the many summers that my family drove up to Canada to visit my grandparents. All of the kids would be loaded into the back of the camper shell and go. We would watch the scenery go by from the back of truck.We went to the Butchart Gardens in British Columbia and then rode the ferry to Vancouver Island. I got to meet all sorts of people and experience things as only children can, with wonderment.

Ronique Breaux jordan says …

Driving with my children around Florence, Italy when they were toddlers. Perfect weather, wonderful food and a USO office conveniently located, just in case!

Susan says …

My most memorable summer was when all three my kids were (4, 6, and 10) we went camping like 6 times that summer. It was the great outdoors with friends and great food on bbq. We swam, hiked, biked and just enjoyed each others company!

Carol says …

I don't have one most memorable summer but fond memories of many summer weekends and vacations spent camping with family and friends at a state park in The Thousand Islands area in northern New York State. We would begin in May and continue until Canadian Thanksgiving in October - we would start waterskiing as early as possible in the season, but it sometimes felt like we were moving the ice off the St. Lawrence River when we skied in May! Many of the same families from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, plus several Canadian cities would all be there every weekend, every year - and many have remained friends to this day some 45+ years later -- have even "friended" some on Facebook! Just great times in an absolutely beautiful area of the country! Great food, great friends, great times – and wonderful memories!

Kellee Adams says …

My most memorable summer was the summer I worked at a summer camp in the Poconos. The kids came from a background that was totally different from mine. I taught and coached swimming, and lived in a bunk with 15, 13-year old girls. I made lifelong friends, and learned valuable lessons about how to be patient with squirrely 6 year olds who do not want to get in a deep, cold lake, to remember what the world looks like to a young girl, the lessons that we can learn from one another, the messages we pass down to the next generation, and that I CAN swim across a freezing cold lake at 6am if I have my buddies with me!

Lisa says …

My fav summer was the first time my family took a trip to Disney with my 5 and 11 year old! It was 4th of July, very hot and we had a blast!!

Kylie west says …

My most memorable lobor day thanks to your store was last year! I live in a small town in central La and spent last year with some family in Metarie. My cousin shops your store on a regular basis due to her sons allergies to wheat and several other things. Well while grilling and letting the kidds play, I bit into the best sausage ive ever had! Pineapple teriaki!!! That was all I ended up eating that day. Well there is no whole foods close to me except for baton rouge which is a bit far to shop but when my dad comes to visit he has an ice chest with all my favs!!! Thanks for your wonderful variation of sausage and fresh cuts of meat and fish!

Donna Boone says …

The summer I look back at most is the summer I spent after graduating from high school. My mom and I drove across half the country to visit relatives in California. It was a great way to see the country and connect with mom.

Lauren says …

This summer was definitely my most memorable summer. I got married, went on my honeymoon, bought a house and started my own business. I am exhausted but so happy!

Jimmie Shelley says …

The summer I married my wife of course.

Jill says …

my most memorable summer was this one in 2010 because it was my first summer as a mom. i remember as a child the excitment summer brought, with days spent in the pool and nights outside catching fireflies and listening to the crickets. now i can pass that same heartfelt joy to my son...watching him take his first "step" onto grass and watching his face as a breeze blew by. the same wonder that was on my face is now on his, and it will only get better as he gets older. labor day will be a day to ring in the fall, but say goodbye to our first summer as a family.

Dee says …

The summer of horror - moving from sunny Orange county to dreary midwesterner the summer of my freshman year. Talk about culture shock - and things would never be the same : ) in a horribly good way.

Michelle says …

We, as a family, took a month and drove from our home in Florida to California and back. We had no itinerary. We only made 2 reservations for the entire trip because you need one for the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. We stopped several places along the way and since there are 6 of us, we camped for most of the trip in a tent. We saw The Alamo, Carlsbad Caverns, The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, The Grand Canyon, the Pacific Coast Highway, The Sequoia National Forest, Alcatraz, Pier 39, The Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas. I think I listed most of them. We have a blog page of the entire trip listed on our website. This includes the top 10 don'ts for camping. There were also bets on how many miles we would drive before our old van would break down. I believe our friend back home, Dan, won that pool . But, what they didn't guess was that we broke down twice on the trip. It was very memorable as well as adventurous. We followed Route 66 for a lot of the trip and saw a lot of history. Did you know that you can watch all of the Star Wars movies as you drive through Texas?

Katrina Macy says …

My most memorable summer is the summer I spent in Alaska with my husband. It was the first summer that we spent together as a married couple and in such a beautiful place. He is in the service and I am so proud of him. I am also very thankful that I was able to spend a beautiful summer together just the two of us. We are now stateside and I can still vividly imagine the beauty Alaska has to offer and the beautiful walks we went on.

Chelsea says …

My most memorable summer was the one I spent as a camp counsellor!

Mariana says …

Best summer memory might be this year, when I moved to FL with my husband facing the challenge of living away from everything we've ever known and growing.

Kara says …

My most memorable summer has been the onethat is drawing to a close. I have had the opportunity to stay home with my son since I am a teacher. Stevie is 9 months old and I was able to see him eat delicious, fresh Whole Foods table food for the first time as he experimented with tastes. I was next to him on the floor when he first crawled and stood. We took I'm on his first big trip to Tellowstone and Jackson Hole. This summer will be hard to top!

deeanna manning says …

my most memorable summer was when i was pregnant with my first child and we had no air conditioning. we were young. it was in the 90s. we would sit on the porch and run the sprinklers just for some cool mist. i would lay on the floor under a ceiling fan and spray water up w/a spray bottle just to cool off.

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.

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.

Megan Birchfield says …

It was the Fourth of July 2000. This would be the last year that my Dad would be healthy enough to put on his famous 4th BBQ. We had 2 out door tents filled with tables loaded down with food. Dad was manning his new grill while wearing his dark red bbq apron. The yard was full of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. It seems like everyone one that was invited showed up. Not only did the show but they came baring food! Lots of food! The kids had the backyard set up with a slip n slide and a water sprinkler. Many rounds of hot potato and red rover were played that day! The adults all sat around eating and reminiscing. Catching up with those family members that lived out of town and such. It was a good day...

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!

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.

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!

MaryJ says …

Summer of 2004... my husband and I got married in Atlanta, then flew to Italy and drove to Monte Carlo and France... wow, I married my best friend with so many family and friends to share the celebration, followed by a romantic adventure with my adoring husband... doesn't get any better than that!

Claudette Cottle says …

Most memorial summer was the whole family together to celebrate our son before he left for his second tour of Iraq it was a bitter sweet day but the first time in years we had all been together at our house. Our mobile home might be small and are yard tiny but it seemed to magically grow as each person arrived what a great day we had.

Kathryn Aufman says …

Picnics with my children- flying kites and blowing bubbles. Nothing beats the time you spend with your kids!!

Lindsay Muldoe says …

Our most memorable summer is the summer we got married and instead of doing the huge wedding thing, instead afterwards we had a huge bbq in the park with pretty much all of those ingredients! My husbands family flew in from the states and my family gathered here in Canada and we all just bbq'd and had a great time. I'd love to do it again :)

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