Despite my nervousness, I purchased three lovely strawberry seedlings at the Silverlake Farmers' Market last Saturday. They look exceptionally healthy and dark green, so that seems like a good start.
I've got them in some wide pots, so they can spread out, and I added organic fertilizer and bat guano pellets to the soil. The containers are now sitting in two different sunny spots in the backyard. If all goes well, I'll have some shots of baby berries before too long.
Let me know if you have any pointers on growing strawberries in containers. I'm thinking mulch might be a good idea, but I know they send out runners, so maybe not?