The only place we didn't bother with them was during the time we were renting before buying the smallholding and then the year in Ipswich.
When we had 3 children at home in the early smallholding years we had 4 beds of plants. All started in successive years and after their 4th year the bed would be cleared. Then as the kids left home we gradually got down to just a couple of beds. Most of the time we had plants that I'd propagated by pegging the runners into pots and then every few years I'd buy some new plants from the seed catalogues. Strawberry plants like seed potatoes have to be from certified producers to avoid the import of diseases, although you often see them for sale at car boot sales but I wouldn't buy them there.
To avoid weeds and to keep the fruit clean I've tried them grown through holes cut in plastic or used straw, now with just a small bed I don't bother with anything.It's easy just to wipe any fruit that get a bit dirty. Wet straw is also wonderful for harbouring slugs!
The Strawberry Fairy in the Flower Fairy books is the wild strawberry, something I've only ever seen once when we were on holiday somewhere in the country where the weather is wetter than Suffolk.
I tried to grow them from seed once but with no luck.
The plants I got in the 'Bargain Fruit Offer' were squashed into two planters and stood inside the cold frame. They gave me a few strawberries a week or two earlier than the outside bed. Now they are producing runners so I lifted one planter out to make room for pegging a few runners into pots ready to transplant somewhere later. Somewhere being the important word here as I have no idea where I'm going to put all the plants!
There's only room for a few in the Strawberry bed to make up for some lost in last summer's drought.
I had a look in my Plant Folklore book but nothing at all about strawberries. Although in my book of quotations I found this attributed to Queen Elizabeth 1st by Francis Bacon from the C16
Like strawberry wives, that laid two or three great strawberries at the mouth of their pot, and all the rest were little ones.
This made me smile as on the few occasions we had enough strawberries to sell that's exactly what I did!