If you haven't yet been strawberry picking this season, there is still time. Just make sure to call ahead and ask the farmer if ripe strawberries are available. Metrocurean has an excellent guide to local farms if you are not sure where to pick.
A few weekends ago, we headed to Wegmeyer Farm, a small strawberry patch near Leesburg.
It wasn't too hot, but, boy, did I forget that strawberry picking isn't anything like blueberry picking. You actually have to bend down and look for strawberries which grow closer to the ground than blueberry bushes. It's back breaking work, but someone has to make the jam.
Tip: if you plan to eat all of your strawberries on the ride home, you can pick up some homemade jam right on the farm.
Don't drive out to the farm for nothing. Make a day of it. We shopped around antique stores in Leesburg. One of our favorites was Lucketts, which has a large selection of antiques that look like they were bought from an anthropologie catalogue. You know the look.
We also stopped at the Cajun Experience for lunch. Fried is the only way to go here. We tried the house speciality, boudin balls, a mixture of rice and pork, fried, and then topped with cajun mayo. We also ordered a few po boys on crispy white bread. My favorite was the andouille sausage po boy.
Strawberry picking, antiquing, and fried food...wowsa, you can bet I took a nap when I got home.