Jason Malone enjoys cross stitching and visiting the farmers market.
Cathy Cook | El Defensor Chieftain


Jason Malone is a Socorro local who has no problem finding fun activities in the small town.

Where do you work?

I’m working at the ‘M’ Mountain Coffee Shop.

What do you like about that job?

I like making people smile. I like being able to hand someone an order, tell them I like their shirt or their hair and make their day a little better.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Socorro?

That’s a tough one. There’s just so many things to do, if you’re a local and know where to go.

So where are the hot spots?

There’s the Socorro Youth Center, it’s just next to the laundromat and every Sunday from 9 to 11 they have a farmer’s market. I like going there and seeing all the locals and saying, ‘Hi, how’s your week been since last Sunday?’ and being able to buy something fresh made like bread or honey.

What’s the best farmers market purchase?

The best farmers market purchase I have ever made has been jelly. I cannot remember the name of the seller, but she makes the best jams and jellies and preserves, all from fresh fruit.

What else do you do for fun in Socorro?

I like going to thrift stores and finding old books and craft materials for cross stitching.

Do you do any other crafts like cross stitching or is cross stitching the one?

I really like cross stitching, but I also like doing origami.

Why do you like to do those?

I always like having something to do with my hands. Even though I tend to stab myself with the cross stitching needles, what I end up making is beautiful to me and I like giving them as gifts.

What’s the last thing you made?

The last thing I made was a Christmas design based on the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It had a quote from the movie with the gate to Bedford Falls.

Is that one going to be a gift?

I’m planning on finishing it soon and having it up for charity auction this coming December.

What is your favorite movie?

“The Secret of Nim.” It’s an animated movie about a family of mice living in a farmer’s field and trying to figure out where they came from and why they are as smart as they are.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

If I won the lottery, I would get my partner moved into town with me, get my own place, get my parents set up in their place and I’d try to help as many people as I could.

If there’s one thing you could change about Socorro, what would you change?

We need a paper recycling plant. It’s going to be a long time trying to set it up, but I am actually trying to start doing more paper recycling in town, local so it doesn’t have to go up to Albuquerque.

Why is that so important?

It’s very important to me because I feel we as a town need to do more for the environment. We already have a handful of recycling plans, I guess, but we’re missing paper. If we could fit that last piece in, I feel it would be more complete.