Where to buy red worms in New Jersey

Need to buy red worms in New Jersey?

You're in luck if you're looking for compost worms in New Jersey. Today I'll share some ways you can get started for free, buy from local people, or buy from a worm breeder.

Of course, you could always purchase worms from our friends over at Meme's Worms (clicking this link helps support the website, thanks in advance!), but the goal of today's blog is to provide you with state-specific resources.

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New Jersey Red Worm Sellers

Contact Fishing Supply Stores

New Jersey has famous fishing areas and docks from where you can catch a wide variety of fish. The wide array of in-state and coastal fishing has led to the opening of many bait and tackle shops.


You can message, call, or stop by these shops and ask if they have red composting worms. Many times, the fishing worms available are giant earthworms or nightcrawlers. Instead of those giant worms that fish love, you're looking for smaller red or blue worms that eat a lot of food compared to their size.


These worms are also desirable for indoor vermicomposting because they live in colonies and small spaces. The photograph in the content shows Jersey City.

Check Farm And Garden Supply Businesses

If you were unsuccessful in finding a bait shop with compost worms, you could check your local farm and garden center. Farm and garden centers started carrying worms when more consumers wanted a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers. Worms produce nutrient-rich compost and can create the soil released into the earth. 


It is still new for farm gardening stores to sell worms. I suspect the sale of worms will become more and more common as fertilizer prices rise and people demand natural solutions. 


Call the store ahead of time and make sure they sell worms and not castings or vermicompost. 

Check in the soil (the free Method)

Lastly, if you want to get started for free, you can always get your worms from the outdoors. I suggest waiting until a prolonged soaking rain. Worms will wiggle to the surface to breathe. 

You can often find a bunch of worms together, finding shelter under some leaves during or after an all-day rain. Go out with a bucket and collect the worms that have traveled to the surface. 

One of the reasons I love this method is:

  1. It's free
  2. It's kid-friendly
  3. You use native worms (releasable back in nature)
  4. Harms fewer worms in the process
  5. Includes beneficial bacteria to help your worms get established

One of the reasons I most love this method is that it uses native worms. Many people start vermicomposting with good intentions. Later they find out it isn't for them. With this method, you can release your worms back into nature. 


I love this method for beginner vermicomposters. They can release their worms if they decide that this composting method isn't for them.


This is not advised for those who purchased their worms online out of state or country.

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Local Online Sellers

Social Media Marketplaces

If you want to turn online, you can first check Facebook's marketplace. There are millions of people composting with worms across America. There is a high chance there are several people in your community. Often composters will sell excess worms for coffee money. 

I recommend putting up a post and seeing who responds. Sometimes people advertise they are selling worms. Others will scan the pages looking for requests. Write a post asking for red wigglers for composting and how much you want to spend.

Buy Worms In NJ On Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers

Last but not least, you can check sites like Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy. Here is a quick link to your local Craigslist pages for different regions in New Jersey. Find the location closest to you and search for: ‘red worms,’ ‘composting worms,’ ‘red wigglers,’ or ‘Eisenia fetida.’

Beyond Craigslist, you can find Florida red worms sellers on other online marketplaces. Websites like eBay and Etsy allow small or private sellers to make extra cash.

Be sure to filter your search results. I like to start within 25 miles. Of my zip code. If you can’t find any within 25 miles, increase your search range until you find a seller. Another benefit of online marketplaces is the reviews. You can easily avoid bad sellers by reading comments where worms were poorly packaged for transport.

Click here to check eBay

Click here to check Etsy.

Worm Stores In New Jersey

Support A Local Business

Good news if you want to start composting at home in New Jersey. Your state has a lot of people on Craigslist and eBay. However, if you prefer picking up your worms in person, you have a few options. I bet there are a handful of other formal businesses selling worms, but I could not find their website. If you sell worms or know a place that sells worms, Please submit it below.

I was only able to track down one worm breeder in New Jersey. However, they only breed earthworms and nightcrawlers. 

Jersey Worms

Note: They currently sell only earthworms and nightcrawlers

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