Julie also introduced me to a very important google search keyword, "fireclay", when searching for cheap internet deals on farm/apron sinks. Who knew this would make all the difference in the world? One can easily obtain said beauty for under $500.
This makes me very happy, because now we might be able to get a real live range hood instead of a microwave above the stove! Of course this new plan throws a major wrench in the kitchen design. As I said, one thing leads to another :)