Giveaway: Win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card!

We all know the old adage — roses are red, violets are blue.

Red roses on Valentines’ Day send a classic message – eternal love.

This may or may not be in the cards for some of us – a girl can dream — however, last Valentine’s Day, 29 percent of shoppers chose to purchase other hues, too. Why? There are many types of love to celebrate – puppy love, friendship, family love, self love – and every rose color sends a special message, so choose wisely (look below for ideas)!

With a rainbow of roses and sentiments to send “it’s the thought that counts,” takes on a whole new meaning. But what about the farm workers who pick those each stem? Are shoppers thinking about where their roses come from or how their purchases impact farm workers’ lives? The news there isn’t always rosy…

(No pun intended. Couldn’t resist, though!)…so I guess it *was* intended…? Anyway…

Recently, I got the opportunity to sample Whole Trade roses from Whole Foods Market, which guarantee fair prices to producers, safe and healthy working conditions for farm workers, environmentally-friendly growing practices, high quality products, and one percent donation of each purchase to Whole Planet Foundation for poverty relief. That shows a special kind of love this Valentine’s Day no matter what hue you choose.

I was flabbergasted to  learn Whole Foods Market has funded more than $4 million in premiums to support improvement programs for floral workers and their communities in Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica.  So far, those extra dollars have funded first homes for families, scholarships for children, community art programs, medical and dental treatments and an overall improvement in the quality of life for farm workers, their families and their communities.

And so, I wanted to help. And so I am doing a fun giveaway where you can get some Whole Trade roses of your very own (but obviously you can use the gift card for anything you want, if you win!)   Not sure which color to pick? Here are shades to consider:

  • ·        Red –  romantic love
  • ·        Yellow – friendship or congratulations
  • ·        White – “I miss you” (also truth and purity)
  • ·        Peach – “Thank you”
  • ·        Purple – love at first sight
  • ·        Yellow with red tips – friendship turning into love

One reader will win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card — to have your chance to win, make sure you are following @AlyWalansky on Twitter, and then RT this giveaway – then comment below (or tweet me) and share someone in your life that you want to give these special roses to this season. Doesn’t have to be a date – could be a mom, sister, friend, teacher, anyone — even yourself! Deadline to enter is February 9. Good luck!


  1. Oanh

    I would buy flowers for my mom, sister, and uncle this Asian new year. I RT the giveaway message at julybug17

  2. sara

    I would love to give these flowers to my Mom!

  3. Yael

    I’d like to send peach roses to all of my friends for being awesome and caring toward me in the past few months :)

  4. luckyme51@sbcglobal.net

    I would give flowers to my husband. I always like him to know I love him just as much as he loves me.. Flowers are a beautiful gift….even for guys!

  5. deanna hanson

    i would give them to my hubby.

  6. Tiffany Winner

    i would like to send some to my mom
    Rt and twitter followed as @thismomwins2


  7. Dena

    Hey Aly! I’d love to win the WF GC to buy roses for a very special lady at the battered women’s shelter that I volunteer for. She’s 68 years old and alone and I’d love to show her how much I care. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  8. Sockmonkeys Kitchen

    Oh – Whole foods! The best of the best!
    I didn’t know all the facts about their flowers- isn’t it amazing what a truly dedicated company can do?

    I’d bring these roses to my boyfriend, who I am so proud of. He’s changed his whole lifestyle in the last 5 months, and is now eating all organics, he’s exercising a lot, and has revisited the writing of his novel in progress. He’s dedicating more time to those he loves, and is volunteering for anything to help others.

    PS: yes, I’m following you on twitter, and have retweeted your giveaway as well – what a lovely idea =0)

  9. courtney d

    i would like to give roses to my mom because shes been taking care of me when i was sick with the flu!

  10. purplelarkspur

    I would like to send these flowers to my cousin!

  11. Alicia

    My hubby who has done everything for me <3

  12. @KimB_2012

    Definitely my mom. She only deserves the best!

  13. Margaret Smith

    Twitter follower and retweeted (peg42)
    I’d love to give flowers to my Aunt, who is like a mom to me and Grandma to my kids.

  14. Kelly D

    I would give these flowers to my mom to brighten her day.

    I follow you on twitter(Kellydsaver) & tweeted

    Thank you!

  15. Mary W

    I would take the roses to work and give the staff each one rose of their own and tell them how special they are to me.

  16. patricia caradonna

    I would love to give the purple roses to my darling husband of 22 years. Following on twitter and retreated…

  17. Carol B

    I’d love to be able to send the red roses to my mom this Valentines Day. Thanks for the chance! :)

    Following & Tweeted: @OnlyMe3074

  18. Elena

    Follow you on Twitter and retweeted @ElenaIstomina

    I would give them to my Mom for her birthday

  19. Nancy Reid

    I would send peach colored roses to the leader of my support group. She has volunteered her professional time for twenty year. She is a real unsung hero to whom I owe my sanity!

    I follow you as @eyewonit and

    tweeted this giveaway! https://twitter.com/alywalansky/status/295935756994760704

  20. phillisha

    I would give these to my boyfriend, he’s in Ireland, and basically will be until I graduate 2 years from now. It’s really hard on us, but we still make it :) I would get him purple, because it’s his favorite cover and I wanted him after the first few times we talked lol, or white because we miss each other, (obviously). I could even get the yellow with the red tip, because we started off being friends, and then we blossomed into a relationship.


  21. Reggie Lim

    my wife definitely deserves flowers :)

  22. pam

    i would give flowers to my mom and close friends!

  23. Stephanie

    I would give them to my mom!

  24. Jennifer

    I would definitely love to give them to my lovely mother.

  25. Lauren

    I’d give them to one of my mentors who’s inspired me greatly!

  26. Stephanie V.

    would love to give to my mom
    retweeted @SVollowitz

  27. Tracy Robertson

    I would love to give red roses to my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day!

  28. Tracy Robertson

    I follow you on twitter @tracylr233 and I retweeted this giveaway. https://twitter.com/alywalansky/status/295935756994760704
    Thank you!

  29. Lisa Lodter

    I would give flowers to my husband. He’s the best husband and father and I love surprising him.

  30. Jessie C.

    I’d like to get roses to my mom and sisters. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/296117928347176961

  31. Kelsey

    It would be nice to give these to may parents to show them how much I love them and appreciate all the support they have given me.

  32. Schmidty

    I have a dear friend who’s had a rough year. She’d love to receive roses!

  33. Chris

    I’d give them to my wife

  34. Ravzie

    I’d love to give the roses to my husband! Thanks Aly!

  35. Cynthia C

    I would send them to my mom

    RT @clc408

  36. Stephanie

    Not to be selfish, but I am….I would give these flowers to me. I survived student teaching and am almost done with my graduate program! I need to realize I have accomplished a lot this year

  37. Sarah Hirsch

    i’d actually love to put out a vase of roses in my own home.
    ( @stigay on twitter )

  38. Gia

    I’d give roses to my grandma by putting them with her ashes to commemorate the two years (yesterday) since her passing.

  39. Tina M

    I would like to send these flowers to my mom.

  40. Crissy D.

    I would like to give roses to my friend Janice, she has been under the weather and they would be just the thing to make her smile!

  41. Tamar

    My tweet: https://twitter.com/tamarsw/status/296415831150190592

    I’d give these to my daughter or mother. They are the best people in my life.

  42. Kiki J

    Would give these roses to my mom, it would cheer her up in this dreary winter.

  43. Katie Contests

    I would give the peach ones to my mom… I’m having surgery on Thursday and she’s going to be taking care of me!

  44. Jen V

    I’d love to be able to give my mom roses for Valentine’s Day! I haven’t been able to get her any presents (Valentine’s, Birthday, Christmas, Mom’s Day, etc) since my layoff in 2008 :-(

  45. @eleenie

    I’d give them to my mom

  46. bets

    Would give them to a girlfirend who is a single mom.

  47. Susan P.

    I follow on Twitter and retweeted about the giveaway.

    I would give the roses to my MIL who loves getting flowers.

  48. Michelle

    I would send roses to my best friend for standing by me all these years.

    Tweeted the giveaway at: https://twitter.com/zengrrl/status/296619736144437248

  49. Wild Orchid

    I would love to give them to my mom.


    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  50. Rosie

    I’m following you on Twitter and tweeted your giveaway!

    I adore the flowers at Whole Foods, and I’ve taken many pictures of them, I have them as my screensaver, etc! I would love to give these roses to my older sister. We finally reconnected this year after many years of her not talking to me. She was like a second mom to me from the day I was born, so it hurt terribly to be separated. We’ve been talking for hours on the phone, it would be a nice surprise!

  51. Rosie

    I’m following you on Twitter and tweeted your giveaway!
    What a nice giveaway!

  52. Rosie

    I retweeted your giveaway from your tweet (your tweet is better)!


  53. Holly S.

    I would get them for myself! Thanks for the great giveaway. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/HollyStormEtsy/status/296755292400648192

  54. Deanna G.

    1. Following & RT’ed. (@calidreamin87)
    2. I want to give them to my mom.

  55. Emilia

    I would send them to my daughter she is a dear friend

  56. Joanne Gregory

    Would share these with my husband. He deserves roses and chocolate and more!

  57. rachel

    I’d give them to my mom. She adores getting flowers — it makes her feel loved!

  58. Elisabeth

    I’m following you on twitter @egood33 and retweeted your post. I’d love to give roses to my Mom this year as this is her first year being separated from her husband.

  59. Louis

    those would be perfect for my husband
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  60. Linda

    I would share a dozen Rainbow colored roses with my Daughter Samantha…red,pink, blue, yellow….

  61. Janice

    following and RTed as @cappytweet. RTed your post here:

    I’d send some to my mom!

  62. Holly B

    I followed and retweeted (@hollymarie076).

    I’d give the flowers to my mom since she doesn’t have a special someone to buy flowers for her.

  63. Lyn Huang

    I would send a bouquet of white roses to my grandpa if he were still alive. I miss him so much.

    Followed & RT this giveaway. thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  64. helenlam

    Flowers for both DH and the little man (he’s 2) to enjoy!

  65. Julie

    I’d want to give these flowers to my MIL because I don’t get to see her enough, and I’d like her to know that I’m thinking of her.

  66. Emely

    What a wonderful giveaway!
    I would like to give flowers to my mother. Even if I don´t see her very often, I want her to know that I think of her every single minute.

  67. Sheryl Harlow

    I’d give them to my old college roommate and still best friend (27 years later). Her life has been very difficult lately, and she could use a lift!

  68. Kyl Neusch

    give to mother

  69. Rugger

    I would love to give a bouquet of peach roses to one of my best friends as she’s really been there for me this past year.

  70. Cassandra

    I would give these roses to my mom.


  71. Denise L

    I’d give these to my MIL – she’s the best!

    Here’s my tweet:

  72. Thomas Murphy

    I would love to give them to my wife

  73. Rosie

    I’d like to give them to my sister. She was the main caregiver for my mom, all the way through Alzheimer’s. There wasn’t a good way to thank her, as I’ve had some very hard times, but nice roses to say I still remember her care and am thankful. I know she misses my mom very much (and I do, too).

  74. Alyssa

    I am following you on Twitter, and I tweeted about the giveaway! I would give roses to my boyfriend! https://twitter.com/motobean84/status/299265768833568768

  75. Mary Casper

    I would get roses for my daughter

  76. shirley H

    i would give them to my daughter

  77. Michelle Tucker

    I’d give flowers to my sister if I could. She’s always working so hard to provide for her family and rarely gets little treats to make her smile.

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/michedt/status/300140143610830848
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  78. Susan Smith

    I’d give flowers to my Mom who hasn’t been feeling well
    follow you on twitter susan1215


  79. Kat

    The roses would go to my 90 year old grandma.

  80. susan smoaks

    @fdp4llife I RTed

    I would love to give these to my mother, she needs something to cheer her up!

  81. Heather S

    I would send them to my Aunt who deserves something fun for Valentine’s day

  82. Bryan E.

    I would send roses to my goddaughter Lily, a really great young lady with a bright future ahead…


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