Perfectly delicious: online ice cream factory to open

If Perfect Flavor ice cream is as perfect as its website, a lovely Web 2.0 creation that allows you to build your own pints of homemade, organic ice cream, then it's sure to be tasty indeed. The brain child of local pastry chef and dessert caterer Lynsie Watkins, and local techie Colin Steele, an early employee of America Online and founder of business site WebG2, Inc., Perfect Flavor is the first ice cream processing plant to be opened in Virginia in the last 30 years, according to Watkins. In addition, in the spirit of the slow food movement, many of the ingredients that go into their ice cream are supplied by local farms, including Polyface Farms in Swoope, Holsinger Farm in Waynesboro, and Harvest Thyme Herbs in Mint Springs.

Apparently, it's been a long, grueling process.

"After almost two years of relentless work, new discoveries, and plenty of teary days, Colin and I finally received our inspectors' approvals from the Department of Agriculture to officially sell ice cream," wrote Watkins in a recent post on Perfect Flavor's blog. " After a lot of trial and error...we have created the ideal space in which to pasteurize farm-fresh milk, create new ice cream flavors, and serve a product that until now has not existed in our lifetimes..."

Indeed, you can even watch on their Perfect Flavor web cam!

Basically, you pick your ice cream base, add ingredients on the site, and the tasty cool goodness is shipped to you in dry ice. Of course, there's a price to be paid for all this goodness; 4 pints will run you about $90 and 8 pints go for $120.

If all goes according to plan, says Watkins, they should be fully operational in the beginning of March.

Perfect.